Urge Support for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
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Last Updated Date: 
01/19/2017

On January 13, 2017 H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please urge your federal Representative to support this important pro-life legislation which will place in permanent law a consistent federal policy restricting the funding and promotion of abortion.

This bill will make the protections of the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions part of permanent law to be enforced government-wide; even ensuring that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not force taxpayers to fund abortion. H.R. 7 will also protect American healthcare consumers by requiring that ACA health insurance plans on the exchanges be transparent and disclose abortion coverage and abortion premiums. While some in Congress are working to repeal all parts of the ACA, it is likely the law will still be in effect for a number of years; thus these transparency requirements are needed.

Recommended Actions to be taken immediately:

  • Send a message to your Representative by email or Twitter through the Human Life Action Center;
  • Contact your Representative by phone either at the Washington, DC office or the district office nearest your home. Phone numbers can be found by clicking here.

Suggested Message:

Please support and help to ensure the enactment of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7). The bill will write into permanent law a policy on which there has been strong popular and bi-partisan congressional agreement for over 40 years: Our tax dollars should not be used to fund or promote elective abortion.

Background:

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R.7) would place into permanent law a consistent policy that the federal government should not use tax dollars to support or promote elective abortion. Since 1976 this policy has enjoyed bi-partisan support and has been embodied in the Hyde Amendment and other policies governing funding. However, there are inconsistencies in its application and most of these policies including the Hyde Amendment must be renewed every year. H.R. 7 will correct these inadequacies. What is more, there is a long-standing consensus in our nation – even among those who identify themselves as “pro-choice”-- that taxpayers should not be coerced into paying for abortions. (See Marist poll results released July 2016.)

On January 23, 2017 Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activities, released a statement urging lawmakers to support this legislation. He reminded legislators that ” the American people oppose taxpayer-funding of abortion and want that opposition reflected in our law once and for all.”  See: https://www.humanlifeaction.org/sites/default/files/Dolan_Ltr_012317.pdf .