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[R, NJ] Introduced on Jan 20, 2011
To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes. Read More
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 4, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.
Jan 20, 2011
This bill text has not yet been received from the Government Printing Office.
The Texas Pro-Life Action Team endorses this bill. Americans should not be forced to provide funds for procedures that they are morally opposed to.
This bill would prohibit public funding of abortion in all federal programs and would ensure that no federal funds would be used for elective abortions. It would also codify the Hyde and Helms amendments, which currently must be renewed every year, and would further protect the conscience clause for medical professionals and institutions found in the Hyde-Weldon amendment. http://www.cwalac.org/article_1068.shtml
This legislation would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for health plans that cover abortion (with narrow exceptions). This uniform policy would supersede the patchwork of abortion-related limitations that have been applied to various federal programs over the past 35 years and more – many of which require annual renewal to remain in effect. The National Right to Life Committee strongly supports H.R. 3.
H.R. 3 will write into permanent law a policy on which there has been strong popular and congressional agreement for over 35 years: The federal government should not use taxpayers’ money to support and promote elective abortion. Even public officials who take a “pro-choice” stand on abortion, and courts that have insisted on the validity of a constitutional “right” to abortion, have agreed that the government can validly use its funding power to encourage childbirth over abortion.
May 5, 2011, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today decried the vote by the House of Representatives to pass HR 3, a bill that would further diminish access to abortion services for women who receive federally funded health care or health care insurance, or even those seeking to buy private insurance that includes abortion coverage. NCJW President Linda Slucker and NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement: “The vote by the House of Representatives to pass HR 3 marks an extreme turn for the worse for women in need of abortion services. HR 3 would expand and make permanent the already restrictive ban on using federal dollars for abortion services — the Hyde amendment — that is renewed annually as part of the federal budget. While federal funds may now be used for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at risk, HR 3 would bar such care to certain rape and incest survivors. HR 3 would also include a ‘refusal clause,’ permitting health workers to refuse to participate in abortion services, which was previously a temporary measure. The refusal clause would not incorporate protections for patients’ health or religious freedom. “Further, the bill would raise taxes on employers who offer abortion coverage; bar private, abortion-inclusive insurance coverage in state-based insurance exchanges to be offered under the Affordable Care Act; and effectively ban abortion coverage for low-income women, civil servants, members of the military, and any other women who receive health care paid for with federal dollars. Exceptions for women whose health may be harmed by pregnancy or childbirth are not allowed. “HR 3 not only denies abortion services to those whose health care is funded in whole or in part by federal money, but it also penalizes small businesses who would include abortion coverage in their employee plans. It stymies women who merely seek to buy abortion coverage in the private market. The abortion bans in HR 3 would reach millions more women and families than current law, effectively rolling back women’s rights to access a legal health service. Its passage in the House marks a dire milestone in the efforts of anti-abortion activists to impose their own ideological or religious views on women by expanding the reach of federal law far beyond existing legislation. NCJW decries passage of this bill and will work tirelessly to defeat it in the Senate.” The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. http://www.ncjw.org/content_5674.cfm?navID=218
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3 because it: intrudes on women's reproductive freedom and access to health care; increases the tax burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that consumers have today; and restricts the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule. Longstanding Federal policy prohibits Federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered. This prohibition is maintained in the Affordable Care Act and reinforced through the President’s Executive Order 13535. H.R. 3 goes well beyond these safeguards by interfering with consumers’ private health care choices. The Administration also strongly supports existing provider conscience laws that have protected the rights of health care providers and entities for over 30 years, and it recognizes and supports the rights of patients. The Administration will strongly oppose legislation that unnecessarily restricts women’s reproductive freedoms and consumers’ private insurance options. If the President is presented with H.R. 3, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill. * * * * * * *
H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, represents a grave threat to safe, legal and accessible abortion. In addition to restricting the use of private funds paying for private health insurance plans that cover abortion care, it would permanently write into law an extremist approach to banning federal funding for abortion. Adding dangerous insult to injury, H.R. 3 would narrow rape and incest exceptions. http://action.now.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3263#action
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) supports the right of every woman to safe, accessible, affordable, and comprehensive family planning and reproductive health services.
American Catholics support the right of women and men in good conscience to make important reproductive healthcare decisions for themselves. They stand with all Americans who want healthcare decisions to be made by patients and their doctors, not government or religious leaders, and urge you to stand up for those who will suffer if recently introduced restrictive legislation is allowed to pass. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (HR 3) is bad for women’s health and rolls back the progress our country has made in the past nearly 40 years to protect women’s right to make decisions about their own lives. HR 3 will enact into law unreasonable obstacles to safe and legal healthcare for American women—including lower-income and other vulnerable women—who access healthcare through our nation’s safety net programs.
This bill would strip a woman of her right to decide which options best suit her health care needs and would add cruel restrictions for victims of sexual violence. Access to abortion is critically important for women of color and immigrant women who are disproportionally poor. Presently, 25% of poor women who want to choose abortion can’t because the federal government refuses to pay for it. http://latinainstitute.org/news/NAPAWF-NLIRH-and-RHTP-Oppose-the-“No-Taxpayer-Funding-for-Abortion-Act”
To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.