By Art Gallagher
H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, championed by Congressman Chris Smith, passed the House of Representatives this week, 251-175. All Republicans in the House and 16 Democrats voted for the bill’s passage.
The bill would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion through Medicaid and other federal programs. Additionally “indirect subsidies” like tax credits and deductions for abortions, insurance premiums on policies that cover abortion, and the use of tax-exempt savings plans to pay for abortion, are prohibited by the measure.
The bill has less of a chance to pass the Democratically controlled Senate than a African American or Hispanic fetus has of surviving its mother’s visit to a Planned Parenthood clinic.