For the past 41 years, “most Americans have agreed on one very simple principle: No taxpayer should be required to pay for abortion.”

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

Mr. WENSTRUP. Mr. Speaker, when I became a physician, I took a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. It has guided my actions and my conscience to do no harm. For the past 41 years, most Americans, regardless of their views on abortion, have agreed on one very simple principle: No taxpayer should be required to pay for abortion. We have agreed that Americans who believe life begins at conception should not be coerced by the government to violate their conscience. 

As a Senator, Joe Biden told his constituents that, ‘‘The government should not tell those with strong convictions against abortion, such as you and I, that we must pay for them.’’ That was Joe Biden then. Tragically, President Biden and our colleagues across the aisle now want to eliminate lifesaving Hyde amendment protections and force every U.S. taxpayer to fund abortions through government spending.