[Yesterday], Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) [introduced] the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would establish a permanent government-wide prohibition on the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans are opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion, and the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ will comprehensively end this practice,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life Action. “Congress can act now and fix this problem once and for all, and we are urging our grassroots activists across the nation to contact their representatives and support this sensible legislation.”
For decades, restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions have been enacted separately and have been contained in annually-renewed Congressional temporary funding restrictions, regulations, and executive orders. This new bill would eliminate the ongoing struggle that Congress faces every year to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortions by enshrining this principle in U.S. statutory law.
Further, the Smith-Lipinski bill codifies strong conscience protections to protect health care providers who do not want to participate in abortions from discrimination.
This sensible, bipartisan bill will ensure that no government programs may slip through loopholes in the law to use taxpayer funds for abortions.