I thank my colleague from Florida for yielding me time to speak on the importance of protecting defenseless unborn children and ensuring taxpayer money is not used to pay for elective abortions.
I do want to explain to my glib friend from Vermont, who is so good on the floor, that the Hyde amendment itself covers plans as well as direct funding. So I think the people need to know there's a slight correction to the comments that he made.
According to a CNN poll last month, Madam Speaker, more than 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer-funding for abortion. Today, this House has the historic opportunity to end the patchwork of policies that are intended to prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion by passing a government-wide prohibition on funding elective abortions. H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, codifies many longstanding pro-life protections that have been passed under both Republican and Democrat-controlled Congresses. In fact, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has voted 14 times to prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion in the District of Columbia. President Obama voted against taxpayer funding of abortion in the District of Columbia twice when he was in the Senate; and since being elected President, he's signed appropriations legislation into law that prohibits this funding.
As you can see, Madam Speaker, opposition to taxpayer funding for abortion is bipartisan, bicameral, and supported by the American people. There's nothing more important than protecting voiceless unborn children and their families from the travesty of abortion. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to vote for life by voting in favor of this rule and the underlying bill and say that my colleague from Vermont said we can differ on opinions, but this is the right position to take.