US House Votes to Permanently Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act on Tuesday, essentially placing a permanent ban on taxpayer funding of abortions, as outlined in the Hyde Amendment. The matter now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The Act had been introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, a longtime supporter of the Amendment, which was first passed in 1976 to ban the use of Medicaid funds for abortion, with the exceptions of rape, incest and the life of the mother. Noting peer reviewed studies, Smith says that the Amendment has saved two million lives since its inception.

“Two million people who would have been aborted instead survived because public funds were unavailable to effectuate their violent demise, while their mothers benefited from prenatal health care and support,” Smith said on the House floor prior to the vote. “Two million survivors have had the opportunity to live and enjoy the first and most basic of all human rights—the right to life.”

Until now, the Amendment has been considered more of a rider than a permanent fixture. Smith’s bill makes its purpose permanent and also ensures that the Affordable Care Act comes into compliance with the Amendment’s requirements.

‘‘No funds authorized or appropriated by federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law, shall be expended for any abortion,” the No Taxpayer Funding Act reads in part.

‘‘None of the funds authorized or appropriated by federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion,” it outlines.

The bill likewise includes rape, incest and life of the mother exceptions.

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On Tuesday, the measure passed in the House of Representatives 238-183, and will now move to the Senate. Abortion advocacy groups have decried the bill as being “cruel.”

“Already, too many women are denied abortion coverage because of how much they earn: HR 7 is cruel and callous legislation that would make these discriminatory bans permanent law,” Destiny Lopez, co-director of All Above All, told reporters. “This is all part of the Trump-Pence agenda to punish women.”

But Smith says, to the contrary, that there is nothing more cruel than ripping a defenseless child to pieces. He believes that both the mother and baby should be shown love and provided care.

“Growing numbers of Americans are often shocked to learn that the methods of abortion include dismemberment of a child’s fragile body including decapitation and the severing of arms and legs, or the use of drugs like RU 486 that starve the child to death before forcibly expelling him or her from the safety of the womb,” he stated on the House floor.

“[P]ro-life Americans struggle for the day when abortion violence will be replaced by compassion and empathy for women and respect for weak and vulnerable children in the womb. They believe, as do my pro-life colleagues and I, that we ought to love them both—mother and child—and not fund the destruction of children through abortion,” he explained.

The White House says that President Trump will sign the bill if it make it to his desk.

“The administration strongly supports H.R. 7,” it said in a statement. “If the president were presented with H.R. 7 in its present form, he would sign the bill.”

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Thank God!! America is heading towards the right thing!! Yes, choose to value all children’s life unconditionally!! The only way.

  • MarMac2768

    I am hopeful that we can end the nightmare of taxpayers like me who have been FORCED to pay for MURDER with my tax dollars!! All I know is this; both houses of Congress as well as the White House are now in the hands of Republicans who have, as a part of their platform, an anti-abortion plank and there is NO REASON that abortion cannot be killed in this country over the next 4 years. If, in 4 years, abortion is still legal, I will be showing my displeasure WITH MY VOTE.

  • antifasciste

    Waiting for the vote to ban tax payer funded murder of Iraqi and Afghani children.

    • Nadine Richmond

      I hope our country comes to that realization that this is what we have been doing in the middle east.

      • Amos Moses

        yeah … but to be fair …. they have been doing it to themselves for a long time …..

    • This whole America-first thing has its disadvantages 🙁

      • antifasciste

        That may be your agenda, but I could really give a rip about a geopolitical entity in which I happened to be born.

      • antifasciste

        America-first is intrinsically disadvantageous

  • Nadine Richmond

    Let us pray that the Senate will also pass this.

  • Theresa McCauley

    I don’t want my tax payers dollars going to some pot smoking junkie that keeps getting pregnant and wants to murder her children.

    • Tony

      I concur !. and “Murder” is in fact the proper word for it.

  • Robert

    I don’t want my taxes used to murder unborn children. This is common sense that unborn children should have a right to live just as those who want them murdered have no justification for the unborn children to be murdered since not even one of them were ever murdered be fore they were born.

  • Praise God!

    But let’s not overlook that this can just easily be overturned by a future President and Congress, demonstrating there’s no lasting hope in such actions like there is Yahweh’s unchanging moral law:

    “…Constitutionalists believe the superiority of the United States juridical system is demonstrated in that [bad] … Supreme Court decisions [executive and legislative mandates as well] can be overturned and made right by either future Supreme Court justices or by constitutional amendment. But history has proven the opposite is more likely. Furthermore, the injustices that often occur in the interim between a bad decision and a better decision would seldom, if ever, occur in a Biblical court.

    “Nothing demonstrates this fundamental defect better than Roe v. Wade, which constitutionally has provided for an endless number of infants to be murdered. While Christian Constitutionalists wait for the Constitutional Republic’s system to (they hope) correct itself, millions more infants are being murdered. Under Yahweh’s law, not one infant would have been murdered.

    “Even when wrong decisions are overturned, they can be overturned again by a later court. Judicial records expose this capricious tendency of the United States juridical system:

    ‘…law not founded upon absolutes is very dangerous to society. Consider that without absolutes, the Supreme Court has reversed itself over 100 separate times!’28

    “The actual number is more than double this figure:

    ‘The Court had reversed itself in 219 cases by 2000. Of this total, all but seven instances came after the Civil War. All but 28 came after 1913. Over 60 percent came after 1941. This process is accelerating.’29

    “Judicial “standards now change as rapidly as the Justices. This causes an uncertainty for society; and, in fact, often establishes a dubious standard which, in effect, is no standard at all.”30 Unlike the Bible, the Constitution is not an infallible standard. Returning to a more “pure” constitutionalism is not the answer. The answer is found in returning to Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments….”

    For more, see online Chapter 6 “Article 3: Judicial Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page. Click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 6.

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Tony

    Glad to see No free Murder on the Taxpayers dollar.