U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, is a co-sponsor of HR3, a House resolution also known as the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." The bi-partisan effort establishes a government-wide statutory prohibition on abortion funding and corrects the "loose" language in the current health-care law.
HR3 aims to strengthen the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortion but must be renewed every year.
Marino's announcement comes as busloads of Northeastern Pennsylvania residents make their annual trek to the nation's capital Monday (Jan. 24) to protest the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Monday's March for Life coincides with the 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on Jan. 22. The march was scheduled to begin at noon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Marino, a strong pro-life advocate, met with Bradford County pro-lifers on Monday and attended a reception for March for Life participants hosted by the Pennsylvania delegation.
Currently, a patchwork of annually enacted policy riders, amendments, and agreements govern whether federal resources can be used to fund abortions. Supporters of HR3 argue that this measure is needed because the current language is too loose, allowing for the possibility of abortion funding.
Banning the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions would be one of many steps Congress must take to tackle health-care reform in a "simple, clear and succinct manner," Marino said.
"Repealing ObamaCare was just the start. My colleagues and I have already started what will be a thoughtful and comprehensive effort to enact meaningful health care reforms that will lower costs and increase access," he said.
Marino said Congress will tackle the problems one bill at a time by addressing issues such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing people to cross state lines to buy insurance.
"You're not going to see a 2,000-plus-page bill that nobody, not even members of Congress, takes the time to read," he said. "This time the people are going to know what's in the bill and so are the legislators."
HR 3 was introduced by Reps. Christopher Smith, a New Jersey Republican, and Democrat Daniel Lipinski of Illinois.
Two D.C.-bound buses departed from the Knights of Columbus, Luzerne, Monday morning. Pro-life activists from Lackawanna and Bradford counties and the Susquehanna Valley also made the trip.