House expected to pass bill banning taxpayer funds for abortion
January 28th, 2014
02:50 PM ET
3 months ago

House expected to pass bill banning taxpayer funds for abortion

Washington (CNN) - On the same day that the top Republican woman in the House will deliver the response to the President's State of the Union message, the GOP-led House of Representatives is expected to pass a controversial bill on an issue that divides women.

The Republican measure would ban taxpayer money for abortions.

Sponsored by New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, the legislation is similar to previous bills passed by the House, and would put into law a ban that is included each year in annual spending bills that prevent any federal funds to be used for abortion services.

But this year's version includes provisions that take aim at the new health care law. It bans Americans who qualify for Obamacare subsidies to purchase health insurance from buying plans that cover abortion services. It also says that employees of small businesses that use tax credits to help pay the costs of new health care coverage cannot use that money for plans that cover abortions.

"This bill would establish a permanent prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion," Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said on the House floor on Tuesday. She argued the yearly provision included in spending bills is not sufficient and this measure is needed to "get rid of the patchwork approach."

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"Under Obamacare, billions of dollars in the form of tax credits are today buying abortion-subsidizing health insurance plans in exchanges throughout the country," Smith said at last week's anti-abortion March for Life rally. "For example, of the 112 health insurance plans available to members of Congress and staff, most, that is, 103 plans pay for abortion on demand."

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, who was tapped by GOP leaders to give the response to the President's speech, has a son who was born with Down syndrome, and is a supporter of anti-abortion legislation. Conservatives who have been pushing for more congressional action to restrict access to abortions are hoping she will use her national platform to discuss the issue.

House Democrats dismissed the legislation as another "message bill" designed to appeal to religious conservatives in the GOP base.

Florida Rep. Lois Frankel recounted a story of finding her young friend Flora 40 years ago, bleeding from an abortion, which was illegal at the time.

"Today our Republican colleagues are once again trying to take us back to those days with a new radical bill to deny our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, the right to obtain and safe and legal abortion," she said.

But Republican aides maintain that the debate and vote over the bill does not take away from their focus on economic issues this year, and point to public opinion polls they say show a majority of Americans oppose using any taxpayer money to pay for abortions.

The measure also includes a provision requiring the Obama administration to make information public about which insurance plans in the federal exchanges cover abortion services. As previous versions have done, the bill bans Washington, D.C., whose federal funds are overseen by Congress, from using any of those dollars to support health services that include abortion.

The Democratic-led Senate is not expected to take up the bill, and the White House issued a veto threat on it Monday.

CNN's Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.


Filed under: Abortion • Cathy McMorris Rodgers
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    She's NOT a real woman. She's a teaklan/repug. A different kind of mutant

    January 28, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. ProudDem

    It bans Americans who qualify for Obamacare subsidies to purchase health insurance from buying plans that cover abortion services.
    _________________________________________________

    Say what? So the guys who said that Obamacare would be a "government takeover" of your healthcare and that that would be the apocalypse are now saying they WANT the government to choose which insurance you can get.

    January 28, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

    January 28, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    It must be an ice storm in hell. Fair and I agree on something. But in all fairness Fair, accidents happen. Condoms are NOT 100% effective and there is nothing worse than a child being stuck with a mother that doesn't want to be one. I have seen too many in my lifetime. So if a woman wants an abortion in the very early stages, I don't see what the problem is. Honestly, I don't have a dog in this fight, any eggs I have left are powdered by now. But I think all women should have that option if they choose to. I don't think any woman should be forced to have a child that she doesn't want. Casey Anthony's mother forced her to have Caylee........

    January 28, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. smith

    @Tone-Politicians don`t create private sector jobs. Repubs and Dems are corrupt and in the pockets of special interest groups and the only thing they care about is pleasing those special interest groups.

    January 28, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. smith

    Silence-Everybody is laughing at your stupid conspiracy theories.

    January 28, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Jerry

    I see these Republicans continue to want to set this country back 50 years and have women go back to having back alley abortions.

    January 28, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The Hyde Amendment already bans tax payers from paying for abortions. Why is this even posted?

    January 28, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Another front in the repug war on women.

    January 28, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I think we need to give her a d&a test to see if she is a real woman???????

    January 28, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. rs

    Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The Hyde Amendment already bans tax payers from paying for abortions. Why is this even posted?
    __________________
    For the same reasons the GOP inserted six different defund ACORN entries into the budget bill- sure its been gone since 2009, but the GOP has done so little- maybe these are their trophies for keeping the memories alive.

    January 28, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. rs

    Hector Slagg

    Aw, Well,
    A Billion here, a Billion there, pretty soon we talking real money. Hell let the Tax Payers pay for everything. It's not a war on women, it's a war on those that work and make something of themselves. They ain't paying their fair share! Those crumbs the Liberal's are leaving you are getting scarce indeed. You want to steal from the Job's Creators. Hope you can swim because most of it is Offshore. Where's your 24 Billion? Where's my 17 Trillion. Up in smoke and now the Libs are screaming for more.
    ______________________________
    Ummm, sorry, taxpayer dollars already can't pay for Abortions- I guess that sort of complexity is hard to keep track of. Meanwhile junior mull this over: if the richest 3% of Americans own 93% of the wealth in America- how much should they pay of the total annual tax revenues on an annual basis?
    Hint- they pay no where near that amount now.

    January 28, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. it must be said

    And now the Democrats have provided the perfect USSC mandated way of forcing the government and tax[payer to pay for on demand abortions. This is the very same way they have given hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Planned Abortion and claim the money only goes to womans healthcare. The government now gives tax credits to pay for plans that pay for abortions and the Democrats claim well the credit doesn't pay for THAT part, as if the money can possibly be differentiated.

    Just another far left scam perpetrated on the US taxpayers.

    January 28, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Hector – The majority of the national debt is republican induced. Yet the only way to allow the wealthy to keep their tax cuts and pay for republican wars is to cut food stamps and unemployment benefits.

    January 28, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Honestly, I would have ignored it for the most part if I were her. The misogynist conservative pigs flexing their perineums for the MSM's cameras would respond to her silence by spewing increasingly worse and desperate self-damaging rhetoric. They're looking for the reaction. If you don't give it to them, they'll go even further to try to get it. As for Bristol Palin, haha, she deserved no more than an extremely sarcastic "whatever" or perhaps a flip of the bird.

    January 28, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Hyde Amendment already bans tax payers from paying for abortions. Why is this even posted?"

    Campaign donations and low information voters. I believe that this time they are attempting to eliminate ALL abortions, including ALL emergency health risks which might have been payed through Medicare.

    It also will require insurance agencies to list which providers cover "abortion" insurance. I suspect we are dealing with subsidies and the like.

    January 28, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. just saying

    Sniffit

    Honestly, I would have ignored it for the most part if I were her. The misogynist conservative pigs flexing their perineums for the MSM's cameras would respond to her silence by spewing increasingly worse and desperate self-damaging rhetoric. They're looking for the reaction. If you don't give it to them, they'll go even further to try to get it. As for Bristol Palin, haha, she deserved no more than an extremely sarcastic "whatever" or perhaps a flip of the bird.
    --

    or better yet, yelled wht difference does it all make! you know i'm a democrat and you know that means i am a liar!!

    January 28, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    So........Reid simply throws it in the trash can, as soon s it arrives in the Senate.

    January 28, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Donna

    The right to kill poor defenseless babies is in the Democrat Party platform and must be protected at all costs. And if you refuse to defnd the right to kill babsies well then you are waging a war on women and their right to kill babies whwnever they want to kill babies.

    January 28, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "It also will require insurance agencies to list which providers cover "abortion" insurance. I suspect we are dealing with subsidies and the like."

    That's just an opening salvo in attempting to push the envelope on how far legislation can go to pry into the private medical decisions made between these women, their doctors and their insurers. Conservatives love nothing more than trying to stamp scarlet letters on women to try to ame them into knowing their place.

    January 28, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "stamp scarlet letters on women to try to ame them into knowing their place."

    should read "shame them"

    January 28, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "That's just an opening salvo in attempting to push the envelope on how far legislation can go to pry into the private medical decisions made between these women, their doctors and their insurers."

    Thanks for the follow-up, Sniffit. Exactly.

    January 28, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "For the same reasons the GOP inserted six different defund ACORN entries into the budget bill- sure its been gone since 2009, "

    They're the ones who created ACORN in the first place, which has to be the funniest part of their whole conspiracy-filled tinfoil hatted tantrum over ACORN.

    January 28, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Tyler

    I am pro choice but personally disagree with abortion. I find taxpayer funded abortions VERY distasteful

    January 28, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    I didn't know there were tax payer funded abortions anymore. I know here in Michigan that ended in the early 90's maybe.

    January 28, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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