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AUL Action Says a Vote to Disapprove RHNDA Vital for Preserving the Constitutional Freedoms of Pro-life Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-30-15) – Calling for passage of H.J. Res 43, the Joint Resolution of Disapproval on the implementation of the “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014” (RHNDA) enacted by the D.C. government, Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted that defeating RHNDA “is vital for preserving the Constitutional freedoms of pro-life organizations based in Washington, D.C. who could be forced to hire people who work in opposition to the mission of creating a country in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.” In a letter that went to Capitol Hill today, Dr. Yoest informed House members that the vote regarding H.J. Res 43 would be scored.

“The Joint Resolution of Disapproval is designed to protect the rights of organizations such as Americans United for Life, as it ensures that people who have a pro-abortion viewpoint are not permitted to call themselves a special, protected class able to use discrimination laws to force their way into pro-life organizations and undermine their mission,” said Dr. Yoest.

In the letter, Dr. Yoest noted: “At a minimum, RHNDA violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), and infringes upon the freedom of association protected by the First Amendment, as recognized in Supreme Court precedent.”

According to media reports, a vote is expected on RHNDA in the U.S. House on Friday.

Click here to read the entire letter.