Anti-Discrimination Law in DC Targets Pro-Life Organizations

Shortly after the Senate allowed a controversial anti-discrimination law to officially take effect in Washington DC, a group of pro-life organizations released a joint statement pledging to continue operating in accordance with their beliefs—thereby putting themselves at risk of violating the law.
“Despite the enactment of this unjust law, we will continue to hire employees who share our commitment to the dignity of every member of the human family,” reads the statement released by Alliance Defending Freedom, the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Americans United for Life and Americans United for Life Action, March for Life, Concerned Women for America, the Susan B. Anthony List, the Family Research Council and the Assoc. of Christian Schools International. The purpose of the bill is to require religious employers to provide insurance coverage of all ‘reproductive health’ decisions to their employees, including abortion. Called the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, the law ensures that “individuals are protected from discrimination by an employer, employment agency, or labor organization, based on an individual’s or dependent’s reproductive health decisions.” The D.C. City Council temporarily prohibits the law from being used to force employers to cover abortion procedures, but that exemption expires after 225 days.