The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, or HR 7, was passed by the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate for a vote. The House voted in favor of the act 238 to 183. The act, which was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, assures that taxpayers’ monies will not be used to pay for abortion.
Since the Hyde Amendment was enacted in 1976, The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates the amendment has saved over two million lives. Obamacare policies were slowly chipping away at Hyde Amendment. The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, however, removes abortion funding from Obamacare.
This comes after legislators onsidered various options to replace the controversial healthcare system. To further show how the American people feel about using federal funds for abortion, a Marist poll took a census in January 2017 which revealed 61 percent of Americans don’t support using tax dollars to pay for abortions.
Multiple Democrats took to the House floor in an effort to argue against the bill. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-MI, complained that HR 7 act is “about going well beyond” the Hyde Amendment.
Others, presumably Democrats, argued that one of the major points of the March on Washington the day after the inauguration was to voice concerns from women over reproductive rights.
The passing of HR 7 makes permanent an act that is usually annually renewed by Congress. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, blasted those using the “women’s march” as proof of women’s concerns, stating those who marched do not speak for all women.
Another Republican, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-NC, called the act a “common-sense measure.” Various representative brought up the recent anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and called out those labeling abortion as “care” instead of “taking life.”
Democrats were visibly concerned with the vote. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CO, said “I hate” the Hyde Amendment and predicted that HR 7 would fail in the Senate.
The HR 7 act will free up funds that can be used in the ongoing war with ISIS or could be used to fund the wall that Trump has made his cornerstone of his election. While it may concern some women, pro-life voters will be thrilled if the measure passes the Senate.