D.C. Abortion Funding: District of Columbia Appropriations

 

The ban on using all D.C. funds for abortions was again included in appropriations law.

Background: The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the responsibility of appropriating all funds–both federal and local–for the District of Columbia. Current law prohibits the use of any appropriated funds to pay for abortion, except to save the mother’s life and in cases of rape or incest.

House: As reported on September 6 by the District of Columbia Appropriations Subcommittee, the FY 2002 District of Columbia Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2944) contained current law restricting the use of both federal and local funds to pay for abortions. This provision was also included in the bill as reported from full committee on September 20. During floor consideration of H.R. 2944 on September 25, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) offered an amendment to strike several sections from the bill, including the prohibition on the use of federal and local funds to pay for abortions.

However, she subsequently withdrew the amendment. H.R. 2944 passed with the abortion funding prohibition intact.

Senate: On November 7, the Senate passed the FY 2002 D.C. Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2944) with the current ban on abortion funding intact.

STATUS: The ban on using all D.C. funds for abortion was included in the FY 2002 District of Columbia Appropriations Bill signed into law on December 21, 2001 (PL 107-96).