In January of 2015, newly elected DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser signed into law The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. The Act broadened the definition of discrimination and made it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee who seeks contraception or family planning services. Under the Act, it would also be unlawful for an employer to discriminate based on the employee's decision to use medical treatments to either induce or terminate pregnancy. The Act, however, stalled under review by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who voted 20-16 to block the law.
This is the first time in 23 years that the House Committee has upended a DC law. Republicans in the House Committee led the efforts to block the law, which had been championed by such high profile Democrats as Nancy Pelosi. While some conservatives expressed concern that churches and religious organizations could eventually be required to provide coverage for contraception and abortion, that concern appears remote, as nothing in the Act contained such a requirement.