“With nearly 60 percent of Americans agreeing that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortion, we must stand for life.”

Editor’s note. Rep. Scott Franklin (R-FL) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). The Smith bill would make permanent, and government-wide, the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions. 

Mr. FRANKLIN. Madam Speaker, for more than 40 years, the Hyde amendment has prevented taxpayers from funding abortions through government programs. Historically, it has been included in annual spending bills by both parties. But recently, Democrats voted to eliminate Hyde amendment protections. Even President Biden previously said: ‘‘Those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them,’’ but it would appear he and his Democrat colleagues have abandoned this critical position. 

With nearly 60 percent of Americans agreeing that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortion, we must stand for life. Accordingly, I support H.R. 18, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act for consideration in the House.