WASHINGTON - The House Tuesday approved legislation that will put in place a complete ban on taxpayer funding of abortions that ensures abortions are not directly funded in any federal governmental program or department, LifeNews.com reports.
The legislation was passed once before in the U.S. House in 2011, but was stymied in the U.S. Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid will not allow a vote. President Obama has also threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
The legislation combines several policies that must be enacted every year in Congressional battles and puts them into law where they will not be in jeopardy of being overturned every time Congress changes hands from pro-life lawmakers to those who support abortions.
The House voted 227-188 for the bill with 221 Republicans and 6 Democrats voting to ban taxpayer funding of abortions under HR7 while 187 Democrats and one Republican voted against it.
Seven members of the Illinois delegation - six Republicans and one Democrat - signed on as co-sponsors:
“It’s rare Congress to comes an agreement on the issue of abortion, but ensuring no taxpayer dollars go to fund abortions has enjoyed bipartisan support ever since the Honorable Henry Hyde introduced his amendment. Vast majorities of Americans oppose using taxpayer funds to pay for abortion, and this bill ensures this policy becomes permanent and government-wide, including in the President’s health care law,” said Rep. Hultgren(of Winfield).
“All life should be protected, from conception to natural death, and forcing someone to pay for a procedure they oppose on moral grounds violates their freedom of conscience. Regardless of your views on the issue, everyone can agree that no one should be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion, including the American taxpayer.”
H.R. 7 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.
- Other policies such as the restrictions on elective abortion funding through the Peace Corps and Federal prisons.