“But now, my Democrat colleagues want to break with precedent and pave the way for taxpayer-funded abortions”

Editor’s note. Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

Mr. ALLEN. Madam Speaker, H.R. 18 must be immediately brought to the House floor for a vote. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would make the Hyde amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide. The Hyde amendment was passed in 1976 and has shared bipartisan support for over four decades, while saving at least 2.4 million lives. 

But, now, my Democrat colleagues want to break with precedent and pave the way for taxpayer-funded abortions. This is wrong. It is in direct opposition to God’s word and the will of the American people. Psalm 139:13 is clear: ‘‘For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’’ Polling shows that 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.