House passes No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

By Dave Andrusko

Elsewhere at NRL News Today, National Right to Life congratulates the House of Representatives for its vote in support of “Making the Hyde Amendment Permanent and Government-Wide No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” H.R 7 passed by a vote of 238-183, and now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

But didn’t such a measure to permanently prevent taxpayer subsidies for abortion-covering health plans, both in Obamacare and in other federal health benefits programs already pass at least once? It did, indeed, in June 2015.

The difference? All the difference in the world. There is no longer a veto threat from pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

The intent was and is to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. As we have noted on numerous occasions, the Hyde Amendment is attached to the annual appropriations bill that covers many federal health programs (including Medicaid), which paves the way for yearly battles and pro-abortion mischief.

During the presidential campaign, now-President Donald Trump pledged to “make the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.” If your goal is to maximize the number of dead babies–which was pro-abortion Hillary Clinton’s objective–it is imperative the Hyde Amendment be eliminated.

After all, as many as two million lives have been saved by this provision which is now 40 years old. That is why NRLC has called the Hyde Amendment “the greatest domestic abortion reduction law ever enacted by Congress.”

Why else is H.R. 7 needed? As we’ve written previously,

At the time Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, an array of long-established laws, including the Hyde Amendment, had created a nearly uniform policy that federal programs did not pay for abortion or subsidize health plans that included coverage of abortion, with narrow exceptions. However, key provisions of the 2010 Obamacare health law sharply departed from that longstanding policy. Among other objectionable provisions, the Obamacare law authorized massive federal tax subsidies to assist many millions of Americans to purchase private health plans that will cover abortion on demand.

Congress is in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare (the ACA). In the interim H.R. 7 is intended to ensure that the ACA conforms to the Hyde Amendment.

These are just a few of the reasons H.R. 7 is crucially important. There are many others, but for now, please recall that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to tax dollars funding abortion, at home or abroad.

For background on the latter, see yesterday’s stories [here and here] about President Trump’s memorandum restoring what is often called the “Mexico City Policy.”

A recent Marist Poll found that by a six to one margin (83% to 14%) Americans oppose having tax dollars pay for abortions in other countries. And by a whopping 61% to 35%, Americans resist paying for abortions at home.

Congratulations to the House of Representatives!