2014 US Code
Title 20 - Education (Sections 1 - 10013)
Chapter 38 - Discrimination Based on Sex or Blindness (Sections 1681 - 1688)
Sec. 1688 - Neutrality with respect to abortion

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Publication TitleUnited States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 2, Title 20 - EDUCATION
CategoryBills and Statutes
CollectionUnited States Code
SuDoc Class NumberY 1.2/5:
Contained WithinTitle 20 - EDUCATION
Sec. 1688 - Neutrality with respect to abortion
Containssection 1688
Laws In Effect As Of DateJanuary 5, 2015
Positive LawNo
Source CreditPub. L. 92-318, title IX, §909, as added Pub. L. 100-259, §3(b), Mar. 22, 1988, 102 Stat. 29.
Statutes at Large References102 Stat. 29, 31
Public and Private LawsPublic Law 92-318, Public Law 100-259

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20 U.S.C. § 1688 (2014)
§1688. Neutrality with respect to abortion

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require or prohibit any person, or public or private entity, to provide or pay for any benefit or service, including the use of facilities, related to an abortion. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit a penalty to be imposed on any person or individual because such person or individual is seeking or has received any benefit or service related to a legal abortion.

(Pub. L. 92–318, title IX, §909, as added Pub. L. 100–259, §3(b), Mar. 22, 1988, 102 Stat. 29.)


This chapter, referred to in text, was in the original "this title", meaning title IX of Pub. L. 92–318 which enacted this chapter and amended sections 203 and 213 of Title 29, Labor, and sections 2000c, 2000c–6, 2000c–9, and 2000h–2 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare. For complete classification of title IX to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1681 of this title and Tables.


This section not to be construed to extend application of Education Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92–318, to ultimate beneficiaries of Federal financial assistance excluded from coverage before Mar. 22, 1988, see section 7 of Pub. L. 100–259, set out as a note under section 1687 of this title.


Pub. L. 100–259, §8, Mar. 22, 1988, 102 Stat. 31, provided that: "No provision of this Act or any amendment made by this Act [see Short Title of 1988 Amendment note under section 1681 of this title] shall be construed to force or require any individual or hospital or any other institution, program, or activity receiving Federal Funds [sic] to perform or pay for an abortion."

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