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CRAMER: House Bill Makes Federal Abortion Funding Ban Permanent and Government-Wide

Jan 24, 2017
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CRAMER: House Bill Makes Federal Abortion Funding Ban Permanent and Government-Wide


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer praised the House of Representatives for passing legislation today that makes the federal ban on funding abortions permanent and government-wide.

H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which Cramer is co-sponsoring, makes permanent the Hyde Amendment, which until now has been renewed annually for the past 40 years in government spending bills. This legislation prevents using tax dollars to fund most abortions and abortion coverage through government programs like Medicaid. The Hyde Amendment has banned funding through Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bills, and similar policies have been applied to other relevant appropriations bills.

Cramer said H.R. 7 ensures Obamacare conforms to the Hyde Amendment while Congress works to repeal and replace the law. It also equires full disclosure, transparency and prominent display of the extent any health insurance plan funds abortion.

“This bill applies the Hyde amendment uniformly across federal programs including Obamacare,” said Cramer.  “It includes areas not covered by the Hyde Amendment like Obamacare which has deviated from the intent of the Hyde Amendment by allowing premium assistance credits be directed to health insurance coverage that includes abortion.”

Cramer said a majority of Americans, more than 60 percent, believe government should not fund abortion. “Our nation should invest in women’s health, not abortion, which ends the lives of unborn children. Abortion is not healthcare.”

He said passing H.R. 7 this week is especially meaningful because Jan. 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court Decision in 1973 which legalized abortion on demand. “While millions will gather across America Friday for the annual March for Life, this bill represents a significant step forward in reaffirming the sanctity of all life.”