U.S. House Passes “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act” in Bipartisan Vote | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

US House Passes No Funding for Abortion

By Olivia Summers1485444511918

Earlier this week, in a 238-183 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7 – the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. This is a significant, bipartisan step forward for the pro-life movement and toward protecting the sanctity of every single human life. H.R. 7 is the formal codification of the Hyde Amendment, which first passed in 1976 as a rider to appropriations bills to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to directly fund abortions.

As we’ve explained before, “the Hyde Amendment is named after one of its biggest advocates, the late congressman Henry Hyde. The amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions, and as a rider to the HHS appropriations bill, must be passed each year.”

For the last 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has passed, in various forms, in a bipartisan manner. It prevents your taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortion services, except in the exceedingly rare cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother. In short, the Hyde Amendment has worked to keep us, the taxpayers, from paying for abortions.

The bill passed by the House of Representatives this week takes the same requirements and makes them permanent and government wide, thus eliminating the need for a vote every year and ensuring the Hyde Amendment covers any bill that could provide taxpayer funds that could be used for abortion. It’s not surprising that the House was able to pass H.R. 7, as some form of the Hyde Amendment has passed every year – in a bipartisan manner – for the last 40 years.

However, the fight for this legislation continues, as it must now pass the Senate. If H.R. 7 successfully passes the Senate, the White House has already issued a statement saying that if President Trump is presented with the current version of H.R. 7, he will sign it into law.

This should not be a controversial bill. It has received bipartisan support each and every year as a rider. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever that it should not become the law of the land. Yet the pro-abortion Left is forcefully opposing it, and in fact advocating for the removal of the Hyde Amendment altogether. This despite the fact that a strong majority of the American People oppose their tax dollars being spent on abortion.

This is the next step in ultimately defunding the abortion industry completely, ensuring our taxpayer money is used for community health centers that actually provide comprehensive health care for women and children instead of merely providing more abortions than any other entity in the United States. Click here to read our breakdown of how we can fully defund Planned Parenthood.

We have momentum. President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy to ban taxpayer funding for abortions overseas through foreign aid. Investigative journalists have uncovered the lie that Planned Parenthood prominently provides prenatal services.

Now is the time to do everything you can to defund Planned Parenthood. Let your voice be heard, and take action on behalf of those unborn babies who cannot speak for themselves.

Stop Funding the Abortion Industry

Pro Life  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

As we vigorously defend babies in federal court and fight on Capitol Hill to defund Big Abortion, we need your support. Defend life today.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.
Latest in
Pro Life

Defending Crisis Pregnancy Centers

By Erik Zimmerman1519138800000

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are local, non-profit organizations dedicated to helping people who are facing difficult decisions concerning a pregnancy. They are often faith-based and would never refer for abortions due to their religious and moral beliefs. In fact, their very reason for...

read more

Life is Beautiful and Worth Fighting For

By Olivia Summers1518451963196

Since 2010, Gerber has held a “cutest baby” contest, and the winning baby is awarded with cash prizes and title of “Gerber Spokesbaby” for the year. Gerber “choose[s] the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby.” This year, Gerber...

read more

U.N. Seeks to Redefine Life to Justify Deaths

By ACLJ.org1518210229339

Committee members at the United Nations seem confused about the definition of “the right to life” as they currently work to reinterpret those words to justify abortion, even for babies with disabilities. Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right (ICCPR) states: “Every...

read more

Cecile Richards Steps Down From Planned Parenthood

By ACLJ.org1517523759171

Just days after the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the court-ordered legalization of abortion, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood announced she would be retiring after twelve of arguably the most profitable and controversial years in the history of the abortion giant. One thing...

read more