Sneaky Backdoor Abortion Politics Not Sneaky Enough

Posted By on January 30, 2014

Introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

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Only days after hundreds of thousands came to Washington to participate in the annual March for Life, marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” by a vote of 227-188.

H.R. 7 is not new public policy. This bill simply codifies what has been federal law for the past 30 years. It makes permanent the Hyde Amendment that prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from paying for abortions or paying for the administrative costs for healthcare plans that include abortion coverage. H.R. 7, like the Hyde Amendment, recognizes that abortion is not healthcare.

Prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions is supported by 61 percent of Americans, according to a 2011 CNN poll. Americans are not in favor of paying for other people’s abortions.

History has shown that direct federal funding for abortion increases the number of abortions performed. According to a 2007 report by the Guttmacher Institute, the Hyde Amendment ban on federal funding for abortion has prevented between 18 and 35 percent of women who said they would have had an abortion from actually having one. In other words when the government subsidizes abortion, abortion increases by roughly 25 percent.

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Recommended Resources

Blood Money: Getting Rich Off a Woman’s Right to Choose
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line (Focus on the Family Books)
The Heidi Group
Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans
Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood
Won by Love: Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe V. Wade, Speaks Out for the Unborn As She Shares Her New Conviction for Life

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