On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed Rep. Chris Smith’s controversial bill, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” This was the bill that attempted to redefine rape as “forcible rape” as part of its restriction on federal funding for abortions. After activists condemned the definition in February, Republicans removed the (most) controversial language.
Republicans jumped back on the no-abortions bandwagon, this time forbidding the federal government from subsidizing abortions in cases of statutory rape.
This new bill goes beyond the Hyde Amendment, which banned federally-funded abortions 30 years ago. This bill, H.R.3, denies tax credits to small businesses that purchase a health insurance policy that includes abortions (87% of private insurance plans do) and enacts strict requirements for private insurance companies that cover abortions. The bill also eliminates privately funded insurance coverage for abortion in the health-care exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act. NARAL Pro-Choice America estimates that 13.5 million women who receive health coverage through Medicaid and other government programs will permanently lose access to abortion coverage if this bill is made law.
Further, the bill would prohibit military women from having abortions on federal property, such as military bases.
That’s all bad. But what’s worse is that this bill turns IRS agents into abortion cops. The law forbids women from using tax benefits to pay for abortions, which would require IRS agents to ask women, “Were you raped? Was it incest?”
The bill passed 251-175. The Democratic Senate is unlikely to pass it, and even if he did, President Obama has promised to veto it.
- HR 3 means Women Die (skydancingblog.com)
- H.R. 3: An End Sweep of Rights (blogcritics.org)
- House passes restrictive anti-abortion package – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
- “The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit all federal funding for abortions. The bill was approved by a vote of 251-175.” and related posts (rocketnews.com)