Saturday, July 31, 2010

No Taxpayer Funded Abortion Act #1990 - Rep. Smith: Saving Our Hyde - Family Research Council

While HHS squabbles with Republicans about why taxpayers are footing the bill for abortions under the health care law, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) says that Congress should put the issue to rest once and for all. Instead of worrying about vague language and legislative loopholes, Rep. Smith is calling on members to pass a bill that would guarantee that no federal dollars will be used to take innocent human lives. Today, he and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act which would be a blanket rejection of abortion in every facet of government spending--from the health care law to the Defense Authorization bill and every program in between. If it passes, the Hyde amendment would be permanent, saving pro-life Congressmen from the yearly battle they have over its reauthorization. Never again would members have to debate whether legislation does or doesn't include conscience protections, since this bill would also codify the Hyde-Weldon clause that bars groups from discriminating against people who refuse to provide, refer, or pay for abortions. Other policies, like the amendments that block overseas abortion funding, would also become a concrete part of U.S. law.  Read more.......

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