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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act," authored by U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.). This bipartisan bill would permanently prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions.
This bill also protects Americans of conscience by requiring the full disclosure of abortion insurance on the healthcare exchanges so people can make informed decisions about their healthcare.
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded with the following comments:
"This is a victory for taxpayers, women, and their unborn children. Today's vote upholds our nation's longstanding principle that no American should be forced to pay for other people's abortions.
"We have no doubt that government funding for abortion will only increase the number of abortions, a prospect troubling to all but a handful of Americans. With the Obamacare rollout, it has become clear that Obamacare bypasses the Hyde Amendment and that many health plans being subsidized by the government cover elective abortion. Even more incredible is that Obamacare requires an abortion surcharge, of at least one dollar per month, which in most cases is not even revealed to consumers until after they enroll.
"This commonsense bill would restore government neutrality when it comes to abortion and permanently codify what has been law for over 30 years. Passage today also reflects the bi-partisan support Congress gave just last week to the Omnibus, which kept intact pro-life provisions that prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion in other areas of government.
"Pro-abortion House Members have refused to explain to the American people why they are opposed to the bill and instead have spent their time on the floor talking about other unrelated topics instead of the matter addressed in H.R. 7, the issue of taxpayer-funded abortion. They don't want to talk about abortion funding because they know the American people are increasingly pro-life and are opposed to paying for the abortions of others," concluded Perkins.