Summary

To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes. Read More

Status

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.

Date Introduced
Jan 20, 2011

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Bill Text

A BILL

To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITING TAXPAYER FUNDED ABORTIONS AND PROVIDING FOR CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS.

Title 1 of the United States Code is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter:

``CHAPTER 4--PROHIBITING TAXPAYER FUNDED ABORTIONS AND PROVIDING FOR CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS

``SEC. 301. PROHIBITION ON FUNDING FOR ABORTIONS.

``No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion.

``SEC. 302. PROHIBITION ON FUNDING FOR HEALTH BENEFITS PLANS THAT COVER ABORTION.

``None of the funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.

``SEC. 303. PROHIBITION ON TAX BENEFITS RELATING TO ABORTION.

``For taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this section-- ``(1) no credit shall be allowed under the internal revenue laws with respect to amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or with respect to amounts paid or incurred for a health benefits plan (including premium assistance) that includes coverage of abortion, ``(2) for purposes of determining...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Organizations Opposing

Roe v Wade provides for a woman's choice in matters regarding reproductive health. Congress should not seek to limit choice arbitrarily; it should remain a private, personal decision. In addition, poor women should not be denied this important health care service simply because of cost. It should be part of a comprehensive health care package to which all Americans have access.

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This bill would do at least three harmful things to women and teens’ ability to access abortion. * First, it would make the Hyde Amendment permanent – the annual rider to the Health and Human Services appropriations bill that bans the use of federal funds for abortions in Medicaid program. * Second, it would expand the Hyde Amendment ban by barring federal employees from using their Flexible Spending Accounts for abortions. * Third, and perhaps most disturbingly, the bill would penalize private insurance companies that cover abortion. The bill would withhold the tax benefits insurance companies traditionally obtain from the federal government from any private insurer that chooses to cover abortions.

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The American Humanist Association opposes the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), a bill which would severely limit abortion access to those relying solely on government health care. The various restrictions outlined in this bill would leave tens of thousands of women across the United States unable to access the medical assistance they require in what should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor. The AHA is committed to protecting the rights of women and keeping medical care accessible to all.

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Opposes HR 3. This bill: - Increases taxes on millions of individuals and small businesses that keep the insurance plans they currently have; - Attempts to shut down the private market for insurance coverage that includes abortion, even though the coverage is paid for with private funds; - Makes dangerous restrictions on abortion coverage permanent; - Prevents some rape survivors and women with life-threatening pregnancies from obtaining insurance coverage for abortion.

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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”

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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”

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act because...I oppose abortion and should not have my hard earned tax dollars be spent to murder innocent children. Please re-introduce this bill.

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Bill Summary

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