WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to introduce the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019, S. 109. The measure would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. Similar policies, such as the Hyde Amendment, currently require annual passage and do not apply to Obamacare.
“The use of taxpayer money to fund abortion is something that simply shouldn’t happen,” said Sen. Moran. “This legislation would make certain it doesn’t, and is especially timely as thousands of Americans descend on Washington, D.C. this year to support the sanctity of the unborn at the annual March for Life. I’m proud to support efforts that respect the inherent dignity of human life.”
In addition to establishing a government-wide ban on federal funding for abortion, the legislation would:
- Prohibit funding for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion with funds authorized or appropriated by federal law.
- Prohibit abortion in federal health facilities (such as Department of Defense and VA hospitals) and ensure that no federal employee provides abortion services in the course of their employment.
- Make permanent the provisions of the DC Hyde Amendment, or the Dornan Amendment, which clarifies that federal provisions regarding abortion funding also apply to the government of the District of Columbia.
- Ensure that elective abortion is not deductible for tax purposes by amending Section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Ensure that Affordable Care Act premium assistance subsidies provided in the form of refundable advanceable tax credits are not used to pay for health insurance plans that include abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother.
The legislation also includes a provision from Sen. Roberts requiring that all plans offered by the Affordable Care Act exchange disclose whether a plan includes coverage of elective abortion procedures, as well as the abortion surcharge embedded into abortion-covering plans.
This legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), David Perdue (R-Ga.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
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