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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the so-called and sorely mislabeled ``No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.''

This bill is a hoax as Federal law currently prohibits the use of taxpayer money on abortion services. The legislation would effectively prevent millions of American women from using their own private money to purchase an insurance plan that includes coverage of abortions--whether it is private insurance or an insurance plan in the Health Insurance Exchanges. In addition, small businesses would not be allowed to take advantage of tax credits if it provided comprehensive health care coverage to its employees. This is a dramatic break with the current practice where most insurance plans provide for such coverage for individuals who choose such plans.

A woman's right to choose her own health care is a fundamental one, and the Congress should not tell women how to manage their health or reproductive care. Sadly, the legislation we're considering today will do just that and severely jeopardize women's access to health care.

Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to reject this misguided bill because it would effectively prohibit individuals from using their own money to purchase insurance plans offering comprehensive health care coverage. Instead, I urge the Republican majority to focus on an agenda that will create jobs, help America's middle class families, and move our country forward.

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