Besides many votes in favor of tax-funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation's number one abortion provider and promoter, Senator Debbie Stabenow has supported direct taxpayer funding of abortions for a long time.
Debbie Stabenow voted as a member of the Michigan Legislature in 1987 to continue to force taxpayers to fund elective abortions through our state's Medicaid program. The ban on Medicaid abortions passed—over her objection—and was affirmed by 57 percent of Michigan voters in 1988. Abortions in Michigan dropped by 10,190 from 1988 to 1989. The Medicaid abortion ban in Michigan has saved many tens of thousands of lives since 1988, people who would not be alive today if Stabenow had succeeded.
Federally the Hyde Amendment is an annual budget rider that prevents federal taxpayer dollars from paying for most abortions. It's been enacted every year since 1976. Senator Debbie Stabenow has often voted against including the amendment in various forms in numerous pieces of legislation. She voted against including it in Obamacare, forcing taxpayers to pay for elective abortions through health insurance plans in several states.
Senator Stabenow has many other votes involving funding of abortion in different ways and programs:
- She voted to directly fund abortions in our nation's capital, the District of Columbia, in 1998.
- She voted to let abortions be performed inside federal prisons in 1999.
- She voted to cover abortions for federal employees through their health insurance in 2000.
- She voted to let abortions be performed inside our nation's military hospitals several times, most recently in 2003.
- She voted to fund abortions through the Indian Health Service in 2008