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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

* Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 3, the ``No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.''

* The title of this bill is misleading. This is not about funding abortions; it's about restricting a woman's right to choose. This bill is not necessary--the Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal funds from being used for abortion. This bill also raises taxes and penalizes individuals and small businesses that chose health plans that include abortion care.

* The majority is using this bill as a tool to push the abortion debate into the tax code. H.R. 3 would increase taxes in order to prevent women from obtaining abortion care. Under the confines of the bill, rape victims could be subject to invasive IRS audits to prove that their assault qualifies for abortion care. The same lawmakers who campaigned on growing our economy and cutting taxes are now trying to impose new tax penalties on individuals who happen to choose a procedure that they do not agree with.

* The majority campaigned on a promise of job creation. Instead the majority is pushing H.R. 3 which would make it more difficult for women to obtain reproductive healthcare services. Judging by the number of this bill, it is the third highest priority for the majority. At a time when America is digging itself out of a recession, and nearly 14 million people are out of work, we should not be prioritizing bills that limit and restrict a woman's access to health care services. We should be focusing on growing the economy and creating jobs. I am ready to get to work and move legislation that would create jobs and revitalize the economy, not restrict women's healthcare coverage.

* This bill is nothing more than a mean-spirited attack on women's healthcare. It targets women, many of whom are low-income and women of color, and seeks to permanently deny them coverage for a pregnancy-related healthcare benefit. Then, under the misleading guise of protecting tax-payer dollars, it manipulates the tax code to advance the majority's ideological agenda.

* I cannot vote for a bill that punishes women for making their own private healthcare decisions and subjects them to government intrusion.

* Madam Speaker, I strongly oppose this bill and urge my colleagues to do the same.

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