In 2016, Representatives Joe Kennedy and Bobby Scott introduced
HR 5272, the Do No Harm Act.

The bill was designed to restore the federal RFRA to its original intent.  It would have preserved the law's power to protect religious liberty but also clarified that it may not be used to harm others.   

Under the bill, people could have still invoked RFRA in many cases, including those involving the right to wear religious garb and observe religious holidays. RFRA, however, could not be used in ways that harm other people, including to:

  • Trump non-discrimination laws

  • Evade child welfare laws

  • Undermine workplace laws

  • Deny access to healthcare

  • Refuse to provide government-funded services under a contract

  • Refuse to perform duties as a government employee.

Congressmen Bobby Scott and Joe Kennedy III talk before introducing the Do No Harm Act at a press conference on the Hill.

AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett speaks in support of the bill.


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Several organizations made statements in support of Do No Harm. 
Pictured, left to right: Sarah Lipton-Lubet of NPWF / Gretchen Borchelt of the NWLC / Louise Melling of the ACLU / Maggie Garrett of AU / Carmel Martin of CAP. Congressman Joe Kennedy III introduces the bill with Congressman Bobby Scott.

Organizations Supporting the Do No Harm Act

Interfaith Alliance
Lambda Legal
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
NAACP
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Abortion Federation
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Council of Jewish Women
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Women's Law Center
PFLAG
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP)
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SEICUS)
Trevor Project
Unitarian Universalist Association

AFL-CIO
AIDS United
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
Anti-Defamation League
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Catholics for Choice
Center for American Progress
Center for Reproductive Rights
Congressional Equality Caucus
Disciples Justice Action Network
Equal Partners in Faith
Equality Federation
Family Equality Council
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
Guttmacher Institute
Hindu American Foundation
Human Rights Campaign
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice          Agenda

Statements By Supporting Organizations