Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor to urge support for H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The legislation, which Congressman Black also cosponsored, would codify the Hyde amendment requiring that “No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law . . . shall be expended for any abortion.” The bill additionally prohibits premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act from being used to purchase health plans that cover abortion.
Today’s vote follows a September 2014 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which found that, under the President’s health care law, abortions are paid for with taxpayer funds on more than 1,000 exchange plans across the country. This is despite a 2009 pledge from President Obama that, “Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
The No Taxpayer Funding Abortion for Abortion Act passed the House by a vote of 242 to 179. A transcript of Rep. Black’s remarks on the House floor are below, or click here for a video.
Madam Speaker, today is a somber occasion. On this 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic decision in Roe v. Wade, our hearts ache for the 56 million unborn lives lost to the shameful practice of abortion. But today, there is also hope because we have an opportunity to make a difference by passing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
This commonsense, compassionate legislation will protect Americans’ conscience rights by ensuring their hard-earned tax dollars are not used to fund the destruction of innocent life.
As a mother, a grandmother, and a nurse for more than 40 years, this measure is especially meaningful to me. During my years in the health care industry, I saw the joy in young parents’ eyes when they met their newborn child for the first time. I held the hands of grieving spouses and children as they said their final goodbyes to a loved one. And, sadly, I witnessed a young woman lose her life due to the effects of a botched abortion.
These experiences informed my view that all life is a precious gift from God and I pray that, in time, this truth will be reflected in our nation’s laws. But until then, can’t we at least do this much?
I urge a yes vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and I thank the sponsor for his work on this deeply important legislation. I yield back my time.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act.
“On a day when people around the nation gather together in support of life, it is appropriate that the House has acted on an issue that 68 percent of Americans agree on – there should be no taxpayer dollars used to pay for abortions. We are pleased to take this important action on the day when we welcome so many of our constituents to Washington to join us in celebrating the March for Life. I am grateful for the leadership of Rep. Chris Smith who worked diligently to craft this legislation the right way.
“This bill is about protecting life and protecting taxpayer dollars. It also ensures that we have much needed transparency under the President’s health care law. It is imperative to do that because the President has promised on numerous occasions that there would be no taxpayer funds used for abortions. Yet we have learned from GAO that there are over 1,000 plans in the marketplace that allow taxpayer dollars to be used for abortions under Obamacare.
“Consumers should have the right to know whether the plan they are selecting on an exchange includes abortion coverage. While Obamacare included some notification provisions, many of our constituents are simply unable to find out whether a plan is paying for abortions. This legislation brings transparency to the plans and money flow so that hard-working taxpayers that don’t want their money used for abortion will have clarity and certainty on the issue.”