Our laws should be a shield to protect religious freedom,
not a sword to harm others.

Freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental American value. We can freely practice our beliefs and no one can use their religion as an excuse to deny the rights of others. The Do No Harm Act will ensure that that a federal law that was designed as a shield to protect religion is not used as a sword to harm others by:

  • Undermining nondiscrimination laws

  • Evading child welfare laws

  • Refusing to perform duties as a government employee.

  • Denying access to healthcare

  • Trumping workplace laws

  • Refusing to provide government-funded services under a contract


We support the Do No Harm Act, because it will protect all Americans’ religious freedom. Our country is strongest when we are all free to believe or not, as we see fit, and to practice our faith—without hurting others.

Representatives Joseph Kennedy (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Do No Harm Act, HR 3222, in the House.

Statement From Reps. Kennedy and Scott

Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the Do No Harm Act, S 2918, in the Senate.

Statement from Sens. Harris, Leahy, and Hirono


Learn More About The Do No Harm Act


The bill is simple:  It's designed to restore the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to its original intent. It will preserve the law's power to protect religious freedom, but also clarify that it may not be used to harm others.   

Under the bill, people can still use 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.

Americans United Blog Post

Letter From More Than 70 Organizations Supporting The Bill

Read More About the Bill 

Bill Text: Senate and House


AU's Legislative Director, Maggie Garrett, joins Rep. Joe Kennedy and the NAACP's Hilary Shelton at a press conference to mark the first introduction of the Do No Harm Act in 2016.


Abortion Care Network
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American Atheists
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American Humanist Association
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