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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. HANABUSA. Madam Speaker, I would like to express my deep opposition to H.R. 3. Rather than focus on legislation that will help the millions of Americans struggling to recover from a national recession, the majority in this chamber have instead decided to take up an unreasonable piece of legislation that essentially declares war on women's access to healthcare.

H.R. 3 is being called the ``No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.'' In fact, the healthcare legislation that President Obama signed into law last year already states that no federal taxpayer dollars may be use to fund abortion services. Additionally, the law requires that plans receiving federal funds must keep taxpayer dollars separate from funds for abortion services.

Women in the United States simply do not get public funds for abortion services. However, under the guise of eliminating abortion funding, what this bill really does is limit access to reproductive healthcare for the millions of women who pay for insurance and medical expenses through their own private insurance plans.

Finally, it is my firm belief that it is not the place of Congress to impede on women's reproductive freedom rights, which is exactly what this bill does.

Instead of debating divisive partisan issues, we should be working to get the nation back on track. The Republican leadership has controlled the agenda in the House of Representatives for the last 18 weeks and has still not brought forth legislation that would help stimulate the economy and spur economic growth.

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