The Senate voted Thursday afternoon on a pro-life invoice that will completely ban taxpayer funding of abortions. However, pro-abortion Senate Democrats efficiently filibustered the invoice and prevented Senate Republicans from transferring forward to a remaining vote on the laws.
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and James Lankford, R-Okla., launched the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019,” S. 109. The measure would set up a everlasting, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.
Similar insurance policies, such because the Hyde Amendment, at the moment require annual passage and don’t apply to Obamacare.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on the invoice and the Senate voted in opposition to ending debate. Senate Democrats, who nearly all assist abortion, prevented the invoice from garnering the 60 votes it wanted to transfer ahead. This was be the primary time the invoice has obtained consideration within the U.S. Senate.
Democrat Sens. Bob Casey and Joe Manchin voted for the funding ban, whereas pro-abortion Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted in opposition to the measure, which was defeated 48-47.
During a speech on the Senate ground, prime sponsor Senator Ricker Wicker stated his laws would set up a everlasting, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.
Wicker referenced current polling from Marist that means American attitudes on abortion, and federal funding for abortion, are altering.
“As each year passes, as more and more parents see that sonogram… we see the feet, and we see the heartbeat. We see the faces of these children. We realize as Americans… that this is a living human that deserves protection,” Wicker stated.
The laws establishes a everlasting, government-wide prohibition on federal funding for abortion, prohibits federal subsidies within the kind of Obamacare tax credit for well being plans that embody abortion, and strengthens disclosure necessities for plans that embody abortion.
The sponsors of the pro-life invoice talked concerning the significance of completely banning abortion funding.
“Millions of Americans oppose the use of federal dollars to support abortion,” Wicker stated. “As thousands gather in our nation’s capital this week to March for Life, it is well-past time Congress passed a comprehensive solution to the patchwork of regulations prohibiting federal funding for abortion services. Our legislation would create a permanent, government-wide prohibition on abortion funding so that not one taxpayer dollar goes toward the destruction of innocent human life.”
“Millions of Americans do not want to use their hard-earned money to cover abortion services,” stated Roberts. “Currently, under Obamacare, many Americans unknowingly pay for abortion services covered under their health care plan. Our bill will permanently prohibit any taxpayer dollar from being used to pay for abortions and protect the rights for consumers to choose an insurance plan that is in line with their beliefs and values.”
“Regardless of Americans’ beliefs on the issue of life, one thing remains clear: the federal government does not need to help fund abortions,” stated Lankford. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act ensures that Americans who strongly disagree with abortions are not forced to pay for them with their federal tax dollars. We must continue to take steps to move our nation and our culture closer to holding all human lives sacred regardless of a person’s size or degree of dependency. This bill brings us closer to that goal. As the Chairman of the Senate Values Action Team, I am proud to join my colleagues to continue to value life at all stages and ensure our nation also protects women and their important healthcare needs. We can and should do both.”
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In addition to establishing a government-wide ban on federal funding for abortion, the laws would:
- Prohibit funding for well being advantages protection that features protection of abortion with funds licensed or appropriated by Federal legislation;
- Prohibit abortion in federal well being services (equivalent to DOD and VA hospitals) and be sure that no federal worker offers abortion providers within the course of their employment;
- Make everlasting the provisions of the DC Hyde Amendment, or the Dornan Amendment, which clarifies that the federal provisions concerning abortion funding additionally apply to the federal government of the District of Columbia;
- Ensure that elective abortion shouldn’t be deductible for tax functions by amending Section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code; and
- Ensure that Affordable Care Act premium help subsidies offered within the kind of refundable advanceable tax credit should not used to pay for medical health insurance plans that embody abortion, besides in circumstances of rape, incest, or the life of the mom.
The laws additionally features a provision championed by Sen. Roberts requiring that every one plans provided by Obamacare exchanges disclose whether or not a plan contains protection of elective abortion procedures, in addition to the abortion surcharge embedded into abortion-covering plans.
In addition to Wicker, Roberts, and Lankford, S. 109 is co-sponsored by 32 different senators together with: John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Steve Daines, R-Mont., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., John Kennedy, R-La., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Jerry Moran, R-Kan., David Perdue, R-Ga., James Risch, R-Idaho, Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., John Thune, R-S.D., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Todd Young, R-Ind., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Tim Scott, R-S.C., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Ben Sasse, R-Neb., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
ACTION: Contact your senators to urge assist for the invoice.