Religious freedom is a fundamental American value that ensures we can freely practice our beliefs and that no one can use their religion as a license to deny the rights of others.
AU supports the Do No Harm Act because it will restore the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to its original intent: It will preserve the law's power to protect religious freedom while also clarifying that it may not be used to harm others.
The Do No Harm Act will ensure that religious freedom remains a shield to protect religious exercise and is not used as a sword to harm women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and others by: undermining nondiscrimination laws, evading child labor laws, refusing to perform duties as a government employee, denying access to health care, overriding workplace laws, and 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.
TAKE ACTION: Urge your member of Congress to support the Do No Harm Act!
June 25, 2019: AU President and CEO Rachel Laser testified before the House Education and Labor Committee to urge members of Congress to support the Do No Harm Act and crack down on the Trump-Pence administration’s misuse of religious freedom to justify discrimination. Read a transcript of Rachel's testimony here; watch the hearing here.
June 20, 2019: AU VP for Public Policy Maggie Garrett moderated a discussion on Capitol Hill with Do No Harm Act sponsors U.S. Reps. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Read AU's blog post about the briefing here.
Feb. 28, 2019: U.S. Reps. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) re-introduced the Do No Harm Act in Congress. Read AU's statement here. Read the Senate version (S. 593) here and the House version (H.R. 1450) here.
May 22, 2018: U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the Do No Harm Act in the U.S. Senate. Read AU's statement here.
July 13, 2017: The Do No Harm Act was re-introduced in the House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Read AU's statement here.
May 18, 2016: The Do No Harm Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.).