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House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Prohibit Federal Funding for Elective Abortions

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Location: Washington, DC

The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act by a vote of 22-12. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was introduced by Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

For over 30 years, a patchwork of policies regulated federal funding for abortion. Amendments have been added to various appropriations bills to prohibit the federal funding of abortions through the programs funded by those appropriations bills. H.R. 7, with the exception of a few narrow categories accepted for many years, provides that the federal government should not make taxpayers pay for abortions or insurance coverage that includes abortions.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) praised today's Committee vote.

Chairman Goodlatte: "The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act frees taxpayers from subsidizing the egregious practice of abortion and insurance coverage that includes abortion. The government has overstepped its authority and failed to protect its citizens, chiefly by forcing American taxpayers to fund the killing of other innocent Americans in the womb -- with no regard for the majority of taxpayers who do not support federally funding the practice of abortion. I am glad to report that the Committee passed this vital piece of legislation to effectively prohibit the federal funding of elective abortions."

Subcommittee Chairman Franks: "Protecting the lives of all Americans and their Constitutional rights is why we are all here. The bedrock foundation of this republic is that clarion declaration of the self-evident truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, the rights of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Using taxpayer dollars to fund the killing of innocent unborn children does not liberate their mothers, it is not why those lying under the white stones out in Arlington National Cemetery died, and it is not good government."

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would make permanent the policies previously passed on a case-by-case basis, including:

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 Smith FEHBP amendment, which prohibits funding for health plans that include elective abortion coverage for federal employees;

The Dornan amendment, which prohibits use of congressionally appropriated funds for abortions in the District of Columbia; and

Other policies such as the restrictions on elective abortion funding through the Peace Corps and Federal prisons.

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