WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a 238-183 vote yesterday, the House passed H.R. 7, known as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which permanently prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions in Obamacare health plans starting the next plan year.
Previously the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal money from being used to fund abortions through Medicaid, has been subject to annual renewal. Originally passed in 1976, three years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade, the Hyde Amendment did not take effect until 1980 when it was affirmed by the Supreme Court. During those years between Roe and the implementation of the Hyde Amendment, federal tax dollars funded approximately 25 percent, or 300,000, of all U.S. abortions annually.
H.R. 7 makes the Hyde Amendment permanent and also protects Americans of conscience by requiring the full disclosure of abortion coverage in Obamacare plans so they can make informed decisions about their healthcare plans.
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith, H.R. 7 “prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion or health plans that cover abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger. H.R. 7 prohibits abortions at facilities owned or operated by the federal government and prevents federal employees from performing abortions within the scope of their employment. H.R. 7 does not prohibit the use of federal funds to treat complications that arise from or are exacerbated by an abortion, regardless of whether the abortion was performed legally.”
“We commend the House for passing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The concept that taxpayer dollars are funding human genocide is unconscionable. I pray that President Trump will sign this bill into law very soon as we continue the fight to make the womb a safe place again,” said Staver.
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