Wednesday, January 29, 2014

U.S. House passes No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representative voted to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act by a vote of 227-188.  All nine Michigan Republicans voted in favor of the bill while all 5 Michigan Democrats voted against it. 

H.R. 7, sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-Il.), would codify the principles of the Hyde Amendment on a permanent, government-wide basis, applicable to both longstanding federal health programs and to the new programs created by Obamacare. Under the bill, health plans that cover elective abortions would not qualify for federal subsidies, although such plans could still be sold to those who wish to purchase them with personal funds.