Critical pro-life bill on the docket
Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 5/3/2011 4:05:00 AM
The U.S. House is set to take action this week on a bill that would ban federal tax funds for abortion — permanently.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) is sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey); it has more than 225 co-sponsors. Voting on the measure is expected to commence this week.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association tells OneNewsNow that H.R. 3 would replace the Hyde Amendment.
“The Hyde Amendment is the amendment that has to be enacted every year by Congress to prevent federal taxpayer dollars from going to fund abortions,” he explains. “This [bill] would make it invulnerable to that annual appropriations process. It would elevate it to statutory law — and that would be a good thing for unborn babies in America.”
Plus, says Fischer, it would bar tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions under ObamaCare.
“President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortions in ObamaCare, but that is meaningless because an executive order cannot override the explicit language of a congressional act,” says the AFA spokesman. “So this is important to override funding for abortions that WOULD otherwise take place under ObamaCare.”
American Family Association has issued an Action Alert urging its members and others to contact their House members, asking them to vote “yes” on H.R. 3. Recent polling by CNN and Zogby show majorities of Americans oppose use of taxpayer funding for abortions.