U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Judiciary Committee, has again cosponsored S. 946 the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which establishes a consistent government-wide prohibition on abortion funding.
"Tax dollars should not be used to fund abortions," said Graham.
The legislation would make the following policies permanent:
-the Hyde amendment, which prohibits funding for elective abortion coverage through any program funded through the annual Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Act,
-the Helms amendment, which prohibits funding for abortion as a method of family planning overseas
-the Smith FEHBP amendment, which prohibits funding for elective abortion coverage for federal employees,
-the Dornan amendment, which prohibits use of congressionally appropriated funds for abortion in the District of Columbia,
-other policies, such as the restrictions on elective abortion funding through Federal prisons.
The legislation currently has 22 cosponsors in the Senate. The House of Representatives passed the bill 251-175 in the 112th Congress, but the legislation was not allowed for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.