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The Do No Harm Act (H.R. 1450, S. 593) is a bill that would limit the negative impact of religious exemptions in federal law in areas such as civil rights and health care coverage.

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Personally, I think the wording is an improvement. The intent of the bill is the same as the older one but it adds some clarification to the wording of it.

H.R. 1450
It is the sense of Congress that—

(1) the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 should not be interpreted to authorize an exemption from generally applicable law that imposes the religious views, habits, or practices of one party upon another;

(2) the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 should not be interpreted to authorize an exemption from generally applicable law that imposes meaningful harm, including dignitary harm, on a third party; and

(3) the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 should not be interpreted to authorize an exemption that permits discrimination against other persons, including persons who do not belong to the religion or adhere to the beliefs of those to whom the exemption is given.

This section is almost exactly that same as the older bill.
Section 3 of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 2000bb–1) is amended by adding at the end the following:

smile036.gif Additional exception from application of Act where Federal law prevents harm to others.—This section does not apply—

“(1) to any provision of law or its implementation that provides for or requires—

angel.gif protections against discrimination or the promotion of equal opportunity including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Executive Order 11246, the Violence Against Women Act, and Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (77 FR 5662);

smile035.gif employers to provide wages, other compensation, or benefits including leave, or standards protecting collective activity in the workplace;

coffee.gif protections against child labor, abuse, or exploitation; or

smile036.gif access to, information about, referrals for, provision of, or coverage for, any health care item or service;

“(2) to any term requiring goods, services, functions, or activities to be performed or provided to beneficiaries of a government contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or other award; or

“(3) to the extent that application would result in denying a person the full and equal enjoyment of a good, service, benefit, facility, privilege, advantage, or accommodation, provided by the government.”.


Here is a short article about its reintroduction.


I went to the gov site: [] to look up H.R> 1450. There is no text for this bill -- the is commenting on nothing but a title which could end up meaning nothing. It is a good idea to continue to check on this item and see what it really is about.

xyz123 Level 7 Mar 8, 2019

That is because the Do No Harm Act is simply being reintroduced. It has already had a full text written about this bill and there isn't supposed to be any changes. I don't even think there can be any changes when a bill is reintroduced but if there are I'm sure those changes will be scrutinized when the new text is complete.

@AtheistNews A bill that does not survive doesn't have to be exact if it is reintroduced in the next session. You key flaws are 'there isn't supposed' and "I'm sure". With the government there is no such thing as a sure thing.

So if I would have said " there will not be any changes" and " they will scrutinize any changes" that would have been better? Sorry, but how I said that was deliberate and wasn't a flaw.
Also when I said "I'm sure those changes will be scrutinized" I was talking about any supporter, not just the politicians or the government in general.

@AtheistNews As you wish: I will wait until the text is written. Good luck to you.


i keep thinking about this Amish horse yesterday in 5 to 15 degree weather coat ,stuck at a light pole lowes parking lot ...having to drag cart beyond him ... its just wrong ,,,


The Do No Harm Act (H.R. 1450, S. 593)

Near as I can tell this is wrong:

S.593 - Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
H.R.1450 - No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act

The correct bills are

S.2918 - Do No Harm Act (latest action 05/22/2018 )
H.R.3222 - Do No Harm Act (latest action 08/03/2017 )

H.R.1450 []
S.593 []
Just like the article says.

Just like the article says.
S.593 - A bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to protect civil rights and otherwise prevent meaningful harm to third parties, and for other purposes.

H.R.1450 - To amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to protect civil rights and otherwise prevent meaningful harm to third parties, and for other purposes.

These are not the "Do No Harm Act" though, unlike what the article says. smile009.gif


Sigh. How quickly people jump on a bandwagon without doing a modicum of investigation:

Two glaring problems:

1) The only action on this bill was it's introduction in 2017 (EDIT: house version no action since introduction in August 2017; senate version no action since introduction in May 201smile027.gif . Since then, it's lain dormant with ZERO action on any front, either government or public.

2) The wording is such that the amendment is unnecessary since the things it's protecting have not been violated nor can conceivably be violated.

When the RFRA is used to discriminate, then we should address that. But making solutions to problems that don't currently exist, nor conceivably can exist, is senseless grandstanding on the part of representatives IMO.


Here are three times RFRA was used and that the Do No Harm act directly addresses.

In 2014, a federal magistrate judge cited RFRA in ruling that a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints could not be required to cooperate in an investigation of child labor law violations. (Church leaders were accused of removing children from school and forcing them to harvest pecans on a private ranch, without pay, for eight hours a day.)

The Catholic Medical Association in Michigan is using RFRA to argue that Catholic hospitals cannot be required to provide abortions in case of emergencies.  (The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops claims that even though it receives federal money to provide services to unaccompanied immigrant minors, RFRA justifies its refusal even to inform unaccompanied immigrant minors who are pregnant that abortion is an option.)

Religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations recently argued before the Supreme Court that RFRA is violated if they are required to take the simple step of notifying the government that they object to providing insurance coverage for contraception to their employees. (On Monday, the court sent the case back down to lower courts to reconsider.)


As far as zero action goes, it was reintroduced just a few days ago, but with a modicum of investigation, you would have found that out for yourself.
LOL Had to say it.

That article is from 2016.
Where any of the listed uses of the RFRA successful?

If not, then the Do Not Harm clause is unnecessary... which is probably why this clause has lain dormant for 2 years.
If so, then we can discuss the merits of each case as it relates to the application of the RFRA considering that to many, abortions "do harm" and thus a private, catholic church should be within it's rights to practice as they want for example.

"As far as zero action goes, it was reintroduced just a few days ago,"

Not according to which shows no action on it since 2017,

Latest Action: House - 08/03/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.


Found it. Therein lay the problem... your original post gives the wrong senate listing... it's S2918, not 593. (S.593 - Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act) and that was introduced last year...

Likewise, it's HR 3222, not HR 1450 (H.R.1450 - No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act)

American Atheists don't even know what they are opposing and yet people eating it up... smile003.gif



Everyone is to be treated as equals. However, through various pieces of legislation, including charitable choice, religion is more than creeping into society, it is trampling on it. I signed!

Please note that in part 2 of this it discusses the amount that religious organizations utilize from their own coffers. This is misleading as there is a great amount of tax dollars being funnelled through various charities. Though it states that this is done without bias-this is not what I have found. Note also
First amendment analysis.
Please note the end with regard to secular implementation of services!
An interesting read regarding skirting the courts.


These "religious" related things in the Federal "government" are so obsured and so many people totally ignorant.

The government "United States of America" is the secret religion of the Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worshippers since their freedom from England July 4th, 1776. Submit to Authority-666 pay taxes guaranteed income health care retirement and housing for governmental officials everyone shall worship the devil and the beast-666 "In God We Trust".

For those that do not understand metaphor, biblical text is being followed. Beast in Revelations is metaphor for laws of government. Mark of the beast-666 is metaphor for laws of government requring identification for taxation and government control. Rape the origional indigenous inhabitants of their land call it America. Wruie a constitutional statement that says "Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,..." tithe one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy.

"God bless America, " pay taxes err "tithe" but at higher percentage.

Antifred Level 7 Mar 7, 2019

Thank you for this information. I've sent letters to my Texas representatives, for all the good it will do me..... At least they know people are paying attention to what is going on.


Think Do Not Harm would help climate change action? That's worldwide.


I have already signed the petition to my legislators. Yes, we do need to counter the slimy creep of religion in our secular system.


We do need to take action on this. The religious right wants to make it a crime not to believe. We need to be equal under the law without the thought police involved.We do not need anyone to have special privileges.We all need the same healthcare and are all the same citizens.

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