H.R. 1216, a bill introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), amends the health care reform Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by changing funding for graduate medical education in qualified teaching centers from direct appropriations to an authorization for appropriations. The funding would become subject to annual approval by Congress. During floor debate on H.R. 1216, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) offered Amendment No. 7 to apply the Hyde Amendment’s funding policy and the Weldon Amendment’s policy on conscience rights regarding abortion to the Act’s provisions on graduate medical education teaching centers.
The Foxx Amendment stated that except in cases of rape or incest, or when the woman’s life is endangered, none of the funds “shall be used to provide any abortion or training in the provision of abortions.” No funds may be provided to a teaching center if it “subjects any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.” The term “health care entity” is defined to include “an individual physician or other health care professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of health care facility, organization, or plan.”
On May 25, 2011, the House approved the Foxx Amendment to H.R. 1216, 234-yes, 182-no, 15-Not Voting (Roll Call 338). “Yes” is a pro-life vote. The roll call vote can be found at NCHLA’s Vote Track, where the vote can be searched by state delegation. See: nchla.org/keyvotes.asp.