FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 207
HOUSE PASSES H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
Thank you, Pro-Life Democratic Congressmen Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) for your votes.
On January 24, 2017, the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would end the yearly debate over federal funding for abortion. The bill would codify the Hyde Amendment and clarify that the Hyde Amendment applies to the Affordable Care Act.
“Since the Hyde Amendment passed in 1978, it has been long-standing policy that no taxpayer funds shall be used to pay for abortion,” said Kristen Day, exectutive director, Democrats For Life of America. “For decades, Congress has attached the language to the annual appropriations bills. H.R. 7 simply does what a majority of Americans support and will make this ban permanent law."
The bill's language is almost identical to language that has passed both the House and Senate dozens of times and has been supported by both pro-choice and pro-life legislators on both sides of the aisle. H.R. 7 would prohibit federal funding of abortion except for the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. H.R. 7 does not prohibit abortion, nor does it prohibit health insurance plans from covering abortion. It simply clarifies that no federal funds will be used to pay for abortion.
“H.R. 7 is consistent with current law and the Executive Order to the Affordable Care Act that prohibits federal funding for abortion while continuing to allow women to use their own money to pay for abortion,” said Day. “It will also provide consumers with assurances that the plan they purchase will not violate their conscience rights.”
The legislation will now go to the Senate for consideration.