The Significance of “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

By Dave Andrusko

Rep. Chris Smith

If you supplement your pro-life sources of information with pro-abortion saber-rattling, when it comes to “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R.3), if you didn’t know better, you’d swear they could not possibly be talking about the same piece of legislation.

H.R.3 currently has 227 co-sponsors. Tomorrow the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill which the pro-abortion National Partnership for Women & Families describes as an “outrageous attack on women’s health.”

In an email to supporters, the organization warns, “We can’t let opponents take away our access to the full range of reproductive health services” (aka abortion).

Their supporters in the White House issued a “Statement of Administration Policy.” To cut to the chase, “If the President is presented with H.R. 3, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” The bill’s alleged sins go on and on.

In fact, what unnerves pro-abortionists is that H.R.3, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), would both eliminate a chronic weakness in pro-life funding restrictions and deal with provisions in ObamaCare which provide federal subsidies for abortion. In anticipation of tomorrow’s debate, Rep. Smith’s office captured the essence of “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in 12 words: It “would permanently prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion across all federal programs.”

Here’s how Rep. Smith summarizes the bill’s background and the intent. [The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is the formal name for ObamaCare.]

“The legislation to be considered by the House was approved by the Judiciary and the Ways and Means committees. It would reduce the need for numerous separate policies to prevent government funding for abortion. H.R. 3 establishes a government-wide permanent prohibition on funding for elective abortion and insurance coverage that includes elective abortion. It would also close abortion-funding loopholes created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), prohibit tax-preferred status for abortion through health savings accounts (and other similar arrangements) and itemized deductions.  Finally, H.R. 3 would make the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause permanent and adds additional remedies.”

You see what walls the measure seeks to shore up. As National Right to Life points out in its Alert (see Part One), “currently, there is a patchwork of different federal laws that restrict federal funding of abortion.  However, many of these restrictions (such as the well-known Hyde Amendment, which applies to the federal Medicaid program) expire every year — which forces the pro-life side to re-fight the same battles in Congress, year after year.”

Moreover, (as Rep. Smith alluded to) “in a number of federal programs — notably, some major new programs created by the massive Obama health care law in 2010 — federal subsidies for abortion are currently permissible under law.”

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is a very, very important bill. Please be sure to read Part One. The instructions found there make it very easy for you to contact your Member of the House of Representatives.

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