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Protect Life Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. GARRETT. I thank the gentlelady for yielding.

I rise in support of H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act.

Doesn't that name really say it all, the ``Protect Life Act''?

Historically, the Federal funding of abortion has been restricted. Time and time and time again, an overwhelming majority of Americans has indicated that they oppose the Federal funding of abortion. Go all the way back to 1976. Congress has repeatedly passed the Hyde amendment.

What does it do?

It ensures that no Federal Government dollars are used to pay for elective abortion or insurance plans that provide elective abortion under Medicaid. Unfortunately, the insurance plan that was forced through Congress this last session would now allow Federal funds to subsidize, to basically support and pay for, abortions on demand in America for the very first time since 1976. So the Hyde amendment, as it stands today, only extends to HHS.

The Obama health care plan, what does it do?

It exploits that loophole. As the law now stands, the government can literally force that federally funded and private health care providers cover abortion under the guise of family planning or pregnant women services or countless other euphemisms.

My friends on the other side of the aisle will say, Well, that's incorrect because President Obama signed an Executive order to bar abortion funding.

No. Members on both sides of the aisle know that pointing to an Executive order is disingenuous at best. We all know, as we come to this floor, that this Executive order, the same one that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America calls a ``symbolic gesture,'' can be completely undone by a future administration.

The only way to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not spent on abortion is--how?--through legislative action.

President Obama's insurance plan passed Congress. It did so over the objection of the majority of the American public. So it is time now that we come to the floor to respect that majority of Americans and to ensure that they do not fund abortions simply by paying their taxes every April 15. Therefore, I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill, as I said at the very beginning, the Protect Life Act--the bill that says it all.

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