Barletta Backs Ban on Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Jan 24, 2017
Press Release
Makes Hyde Amendment Permanent and Government-Wide

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted in favor of legislation that bans the use of taxpayer dollars to fund elective abortions across all government agencies, effectively applying the Hyde Amendment to the entire government.  The Hyde Amendment, named for former Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde, has blocked certain federal abortion spending since 1976, but only applies to funding in the annual Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill, and therefore has to be renewed each year.  The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, H.R. 7, also makes the Hyde Amendment applicable to provisions of Obamacare.  The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 238-to-183 and now heads to the Senate for its approval.

“Americans have a wide range of opinions about abortion, but most everybody agrees that taxpayer money should not be used to pay for abortions,” Barletta said.  “The Hyde Amendment has been effective in reducing abortions, mostly those funded under Medicaid, but it was always limited in scope and required renewal each year.  This bill clearly states that the taxpayers will not pay for abortions against their will.”

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act:

  • Makes the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide.
  • Blocks “abortion on demand” coverage of more than 1,000 health care plans sold under Obamacare.
  • Ensures that Obamacare conforms to the Hyde Amendment while Congress works to replace the health care law.

“The highly-respected Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that at least two million Americans are alive today thanks to the Hyde Amendment,” Barletta said.  “We should be investing in health care for women, not taxpayer-funded abortions.”

This legislation is not related to the executive order signed by President Trump, who reinstated the “Mexico City Policy,” which blocks federal funding of non-governmental organizations which promote or provide abortions in foreign nations.