Federal Briefs

Bioethics in Law & Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Spring 2018        vol. 1  issue 2 

A summary of federal legislation from January 1-March 31, 2018

Ana Brennan, J.D.

Over the past few months, Congress has not been very active passing pro-life legislation. Over 55 pieces of pro-life legislation were introduced, yet none have reached the President's desk. Below is the only pro-life bill to pass out of the House so far in 2018.

H.R. 4712: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Sponsor: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN7)

Passed the House: January 19, 2018

On the Executive level, pursuant to the Executive Order signed last year, the Trump Administration announced it will create a religious freedom division within Health and Human Services to help protect the conscience of medical professionals.