Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

By a vote of 242-179, the U.S. House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7) today. 

Currently, there is a patchwork of different federal laws that restrict federal funding of abortion. Many of these restrictions (such as the well-known Hyde Amendment, which applies to the federal Medicaid program) expire every year and must be renewed through appropriations bills. H.R. 7 would replace this patchwork with a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding of abortion and federal subsidies for health plans that cover abortion.

This bill would also require the full disclosure of whether or not  abortion is covered in the various Obamacare plans so individuals could make informed decisions regarding their healthcare plans.

Learn more about this legislation here.