No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7 & S.946)

In the last Congress, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was one of the very first bills introduced in the House and passed overwhelmingly in a 251-175 vote. This year, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) re-introduced the bipartisan No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R.7) in the House, while Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the same bill (S.946) in the Senate. This bill would put an end to taxpayer funding of abortion by codifying the longstanding Hyde Amendment and applying it to all government spending.

Now is the time to act against the health insurance exchanges created by Obamacare – which are subsidized by taxpayers and contain abortion funding. The exchanged are set to be implemented on October 1. Regulations issued under Obamacare stipulate that only one plan on the taxpayer-subsidized exchanges must be pro-life, meaning that all other plans are permitted to cover elective abortion. For plans that cover abortion, the regulations require both a minimum $1 per month abortion surcharge on each enrollee’s plan, and a “secrecy clause” concealing that the plan covers abortion until enrollment.

In his address at the March for Life in January, Speaker of the House John Boehner pledged to bring H.R. 7 up for a vote this Congress. The pro-abortion Senate, however, has yet to vote on the common-sense bill.

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