U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) joined a bipartisan majority of her colleagues in passing a bill out of the U.S. House that would end taxpayer funding of abortion.
H.R. 3, The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," establishes a permanent, government-wide prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage, codifies existing conscience protections with an added enforcement mechanism, and closes certain loopholes that give tax-preferred status to abortion.
"I support ending taxpayer funding for abortion because every human life is worthy of protection. The last thing our tax dollars should be going towards is the funding of abortion," said Noem.
The bill would codify the so-called "Hyde Amendment" which has prohibited some federal funding of abortion on a yearly basis since 1976. It also ends any possible funding of abortion through the health care law passed last year.
"The new health care law is bad on many levels, not the least of which involves its provisions that apply federal funds toward abortion. As a pro-life mother of three I believe it's time we permanently ensure our hard-earned tax dollars aren't used for highly controversial issues such as abortion," said Noem.
This bill is supported by National Right to Life, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Family Research Council, Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America, Traditional Values Coalition, Republican National Coalition for Life, Human Life Alliance and CatholicVote.org
The bill now proceeds to the U.S. Senate for consideration.