House Passes Bill That Would Prohibit All Federal Funding Of Aabortion
||The Daily Caller - dailycaller.com
||Friday, May 6, 2011
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit all federal funding for abortions. The bill was approved by a vote of 251-175.
The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” amends the existing Hyde amendment. The Hyde amendment currently prohibits most federal funding for abortions.
All House Republicans who voted supported the legislation; they were joined by 16 House Democrats.
The White House strongly opposes the bill. In a policy statement, the administration wrote that the bill “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.”
The administration asserts that “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.” The bill, according to the administration, “goes well beyond these safeguards by interfering with consumers’ private health care choices.”
Opponents fear that the bill would deny tax credits to companies that allow employees to have abortion coverage on their insurance plans.
In February, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the bill “a violent act against women in and of itself.” Wasserman Schultz, who was officially installed as the new chairperson of the Democratic National Committee Wednesday, joined other pro-choice opponents of the legislation in decrying narrowed exemptions for rape, incest, and the health of a mother.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who was arrested last month at the Capitol protesting against, among other items, a restriction on federal funds for D.C. abortions that was agreed to during the April budget deal, issued a letter Wednesday expressing outrage with the D.C. provision that would limit the use of local government funds.
“The language used in this bill converts the District into a Federal property for the first time in its history,” Gray wrote. “This unprecedented affront to the sovereignty of a local and state government would never be contemplated anywhere else in the United States.”
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