Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act [H.R.3], which permanently prohibits the use of federal dollars for abortions. Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) is a co-sponsor of the legislation and joined with 251 Members in support of its passage. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.
"The passage of this legislation is an important step as we continuously work to protect the sanctity of the life of an unborn child. It is unconscionable that federal resources are allowed to enable or outright fund abortions and I am pleased that we are closer to reversing these policies. Hardworking Americans already pay more than their fair share to fund numerous unnecessary and irresponsible federal programs and abortions certainly should not be one of them," said Congressman Bishop.
H.R. 3 would end taxpayer subsidies for abortions, abortion-related costs, and abortion healthcare coverage. Specifically, this legislation
* establishes a permanent, government-wide prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage
* amends existing tax code so that if funds from a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) are used for abortions, they do not receive tax-favorable treatment;
* states that tax subsidies made available in the 2010 health law for the purchase of insurance cannot be used for specific policies that cover abortion and associated costs;
* prevents the cost of an abortion from serving as a deduction for unreimbursed medical expenses