Action Alert

Tell Congress to back Do No Harm Act

Support bill to protect true religious freedom!

We need your help in a national effort to restore true religious freedom. Please take action today to support a common sense bill that was introduced last month.

Contact congressional legislators today and urge them to back the Do No Harm Act to reform a law that has sacrificed real religious freedom to protect the religiously privileged.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA, is a super-statute that effectively amends every other federal law, including laws meant to protect citizens from unfair treatment. The Do No Harm Act would limit which laws RFRA applies to. For instance, RFRA would no longer allow believers to be exempt from the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Violence Against Women Act, laws that require employers to provide wages and other compensation, or laws that require coverage for any health care item. The bill, if enacted, could undo the damage caused by the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in 2014. That decision allows employers and for-profit corporations to deny women workers contraceptive coverage on the basis of religious offense.

Religious freedom is already protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Do No Harm Act will bring us one step closer to restoring true equality, by preventing discrimination in the name of religious belief.

CONTACT

Contact your congressional representative today to voice your support for the Do No Harm Act and asking him or her to co-sponsor the act. Let our simple automated system contact your representative for you with a built-in script.

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You can also email the chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, where the bill has been referred, asking the committee to vote yes on this act. You can also call Chair Steve King at 202-225-4426. We’ve included talking points below.

talking points

I urge you and the rest of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to pass the Do No Harm Act. For far too long, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been used not as a shield to protect the rights of underrepresented religious minorities, but as a sword. It has been used by the Religious Right to discriminate against women, LGBT individuals, religious minorities and the nonreligious. RFRA has become a legal loophole that allows for any person or corporation to discriminate in the name of religion.

That is why I’m asking the committee to vote yes on the Do No Harm Act, an act that would curb the damage RFRA is causing across the country. The Do No Harm Act is a common sense bill to limit which laws RFRA applies to. For instance, RFRA would no longer allow believers to be exempt from following the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Violence Against Women Act, laws that require employers to provide wages and other compensation, or laws that require coverage for any health care item.

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