WASHINGTON, District of Columbia —Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Chairwoman of the House Values Action team, voted Tuesday in favor of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, a bill she is an original co-sponsor of, to stop taxpayer dollars from funding abortions.
The House passed the bill Tuesday to block taxpayer money from funding abortions. Fort the last 3 decades, Congress passed annual legislation to keep the Hyde amendment in effect. It was named after the late Illinois Republican Rep. Henry Hyde.
“Taxpayers should not have to fund abortions,” Hartzler said. “It’s that simple. For four decades Congress has taken care to include the Hyde Amendment in its appropriations and funding measures to prevent taxpayer dollars from going toward an abortion. This legislation codifies that provision, adding certainty and uniformity.”
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act stipulates that federal funds cannot be used to pay for abortions or to purchase insurance plans covering abortion. The restrictions imposed by the bill would not apply, however, if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest or if the mother is in danger of death. Further, the measure would allow providers to offer insurance plans that cover abortion and would allow consumers to use private dollars to purchase separate plans.
“We should invest in women’s healthcare, not abortion,” Hartzler continued. “We should save lives, not take them. This bill protects life – of the unborn as well as the mother – while ensuring the majority of Americans who are morally opposed to their tax dollars going towards abortion are not footing the bill.”
Hartzler spoke on the House floor in support of the bill.
H.R 7 passed the House by a vote of 238-183, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 7 codifies policies enacted for more than thirty years on a case-by-case basis that prohibit federal funding of abortion including health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
H.R. 7 prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion or health plans that cover abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger. H.R. 7 prohibits abortions at facilities owned or operated by the federal government, and prevents federal employees from performing abortions within the scope of their employment.
H.R. 7 prohibits premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) from being granted for health plans that include elective abortion coverage. H.R. 7 also prohibits small business tax credits authorized under PPACA for health plans offered by an employer that include elective abortion coverage.
In the 114th Congress, similar legislation (H.R.7) passed the House by a vote of 242-179.