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The Freedom to Serve Children Act, HB 3859, passed the Texas Legislature with bipartisan support and was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 15, 2017. The law protects faith-based child welfare providers from being targets of discrimination or litigation if they do not refer girls for abortion, or if they chose to only place children in homes with a married mother and father. Please join our effort to spread the word about the new Freedom to Serve Children Act to ensure faith-based child welfare providers continue to operate in confidence of their religious freedom protections.


Freedom to Serve Children Act Overview

Attacks on Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers

Does the Freedom to Serve Children Act only protect adoption agencies?

No. The Freedom to Serve Children Act protects anyone who “provides, seeks to provide, or applies for or receives a contract, subcontract, grant, subgrant, or cooperative agreement to provide child welfare services. The person is not required to be engaged exclusively in child welfare services to be a child welfare services provider.” [3]

Does this law protect faith-based child welfare providers who believe life begins at conception?

Yes. The Freedom to Serve Children Act ensures faith-based child welfare providers will not be forced to “provide, facilitate, or refer a person for an abortion.” [3]

What happens if a faith-based child welfare provider is asked to facilitate a request that violates their sincerely held religious belief?

The Freedom to Serve Children Act states that faith-based child welfare providers are to refer requests that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs to other entities that may facilitate the request.