Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Hartzler votes to ban taxpayer funding of abortion
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.
“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. You can watch her remarks here.
H.R 7 passed the House by a vote of 238-183, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.