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Do No Harm Act Re-Introduced In Congress

U.S. Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) reintroduced the Do No Harm Act in July to help ensure that religion can’t be used to trump laws that protect people, including provisions prohibiting discrimination, requiring equal pay and protecting children’s welfare. 

This legislation, first introduced last year, would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993. RFRA would continue to provide protections for religious exercise, but the Do No Harm Act would clarify that RFRA may not be used to harm others. 

Americans United Welcomes Introduction Of Do No Harm Act

Religious Freedom Laws Should Be A Shield To Protect The Practice Of Religion And Belief, Not A Sword To Harm Others

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today welcomed the re-introduction of the Do No Harm Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) and 50 other co-sponsors.

“Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. 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,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The Do No Harm Act will protect the religious freedom of all Americans.”