The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (HR 7) introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) passed by a vote of 238 to 183. The bill is identical as the one that was introduced in 2014 and 2015 although each time the bill was introduced it faced the threat of a veto from then-President Obama.
According to a report released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute over two million lives have been saved since the Hyde Amendment was introduced in 1976.
“Two million people who would have been aborted instead survived because public funds were unavailable to effectuate their violent demise, while their mothers benefited from prenatal health care and support,” said pro-life New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith. “Two million survivors have had the opportunity to live and enjoy the first and most basic of all human rights—the right to life.”
Smith, who is also the co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, stated that according to the new Marist Poll, 61% of Americans are against taxpayer funding of abortions. The poll also found that six in ten Americans consider abortion to be morally wrong.
“Growing numbers of Americans are often shocked to learn that the methods of abortion include dismemberment of a child’s fragile body, including decapitation and the severing of arms and legs, or the use of drugs like mifepristone that starve the child to death before forcibly expelling him or her from the safety of the womb.”
The passage of this bill comes one day after the an executive order was signed by President Trump to restore the Mexico City Policy which also stops taxpayer funds from going to groups that perform and promote abortion overseas.
Many people are excited by this decision made but the House of Representatives today including Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins which responded with the following comments:
“Abortion is not healthcare, and should not be funded since we know government funding of abortion increases it. Passage of this bill is a victory not just for taxpayers but women, and their unborn children.
“Today’s vote reflects the reality that Americans are becoming more pro-life as science has increased our understanding of the humanity of unborn children. This bill restores the status quo against government funding or subsidizing abortion, a position supported by 61% of Americans.
“The Senate must take up this bill to ensure that government no longer spends people’s hard earned money on insurance with elective abortion. We must pray and work to end abortion in America until every child is welcomed into the world and protected under our laws. Ending taxpayer funding of abortion is a good first step on this journey,” concluded Perkins.
Donald Trump is expected to the sign the bill once he receives it. Although a higher percentage of the population does not want to fund abortion, which includes women who are pro-choice, it is going to be tough because the bill is going to need 60 Senate votes meaning that 8 Senate Democrats are going to have to vote in favor of H.R.7 in order for the bill to land on the Presidents desk.
According to the CDC, in 2012 7.2% of all abortions occurred between 14-20 weeks’ gestation and 1.3% were performed after 21 weeks gestation. Although those percentages may seem small, when we look at the over 900,000 abortions performed per year, the 7.2% represents over 64,800 babies aborted in the second trimester.
We know that the progressives are extremely pro-abortion but to think that they are getting more extreme on the issue of should worry everyone especially those who are fighting to protect life.