WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) cosponsored three pro-life bills that would prevent taxpayer funding and COVID-19 relief funds from being used to fund abortions and allow states to opt-out of giving Medicaid funds to abortion providers.
“Millions of Americans, including many Kansans, agree that we should defend the unborn, and a majority believe using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions misrepresents their convictions and values,” said Sen. Moran. “Not only should we prevent taxpayer funds from being spent directly on abortions, but states should not be forced to give Medicaid funds to abortion providers. Furthermore, we must make certain abortion providers do not use our current global pandemic to get their hands on taxpayer dollars through the COVID-19 relief packages. I am pleased to once more support these bills that would make certain taxpayer dollars are not being used to terminate the unborn and help prevent billions of taxpayer dollars from going to support abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”
Sen. Moran was given an A+ rating on the Susan B. Anthony List National Pro-Life Scorecard.
Background on the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act
Under current law, states are required to allow any qualified provider to participate in a state’s Medicaid system. A non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that Planned Parenthood received nearly $1.3 billion in Medicaid reimbursements over a three year period, accounting for 81 percent of the abortion provider’s joint federal-state funding stream. This legislation would give states the authority to exclude abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving Medicaid funds.
Background on The Protecting Life in Crisis Act
This legislation prohibits any funds that are authorized or appropriated for the purposes of preventing, preparing for, or responding to the COVID–19 pandemic, domestically and internationally, from going toward abortions or abortion coverage. Sen. Moran joined several of his Senate colleagues in May in calling for an investigation into how Planned Parenthood was able to obtain loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.
Background on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act
Currently, policies that regulate federal funding for abortions, like the long-standing Hyde Amendment, have to be reapproved each year and can be terminated at any time. This bill would eliminate the need for annual action and ensure a permanent, government-wide prohibition on funding for abortions.
In addition to establishing a government-wide ban on federal funding for abortion, this 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 DOD and VA hospitals) and ensure that no federal employee provides abortion services in the course of their employment;
- Make permanent the provisions of the D.C. Hyde Amendment, or the Dornan Amendment, which clarifies that the 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; and
- 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 when the life of the mother is at risk.