Federal - S 184

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ... Act - S. 184

Introduced

January 20, 2017

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Note: The House has passed the companion bill (H.R.7) to this Senate bill.

This bill  seeks to accomplish three goals: 

  1. Make the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions  permanent.
  2. Ensure that the Affordable Care Act faithfully conforms with the Hyde Amendment as promised by the President.
  3. Provide full disclosure, transparency and the prominent display of the extent to which any health insurance plan on the exchange funds abortion.

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U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., have introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act,” S. 184. The measure would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. Similar policies, such as the Hyde Amendment, currently require annual passage and do not apply to Obamacare. President Trump has stated that he is committed to making the Hyde Amendment permanent.

The legislation also includes a provision championed by Sen. Roberts requiring that all plans offered by Obamacare exchanges disclose whether a plan includes coverage of elective abortion procedures, as well as the abortion surcharge embedded into abortion-covering plans.

“Taxpayer money should not be used to fund a procedure that so many Americans find morally objectionable,” Wicker said. “The time is ripe for us to enact a permanent solution that protects American taxpayers from funding abortions. This bill would establish these protections, in addition to making sure that people are notified if they have selected an abortion-covering health-care plan under Obamacare. Until we are able to undo these harmful health-care policies, transparency of the plans is critical.”

“Millions of Americans do not want to use their hard-earned money to cover abortion services,” said 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.”

Existing laws that would also be made permanent under S. 184 include the Smith FEHBP amendment, which prohibits funding for elective abortion coverage for federal employees, as well as the Dornan amendment, which prohibits use of congressionally appropriated funds for abortion in the District of Columbia.

In 2014, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office issued a report showing that taxpayer dollars paid for more than 1,000 health insurance plans that included elective abortion.

The bill is supported by Freedom2Care, the National Right to Life, the Family Research Council, the Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life, March for Life, and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others.

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 41

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  • May 22, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hyde-Smith, (R-Miss.)
  • May 16, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Strange, (R-Ala.)
  • Feb. 15, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Sullivan, (R-Alaska)
  • Jan. 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rounds, (R-S.D.)
  • Jan. 23, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hatch, (R-Utah)
  • Jan. 20, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 36

    Barrasso, (R-Wyo.)Fischer, (R-Neb.)Paul, Rand (R-Ky.)
    Blunt, (R-Mo.)Flake, (R-Ariz.)Perdue, (R-Ga.)
    Boozman, (R-Ark.)Graham, L. (R-S.C.)Portman, (R-Ohio)
    Cassidy, (R-La.)Grassley, (R-Iowa)Risch, (R-Idaho)
    Cochran, (R-Miss.)Hoeven, (R-N.D.)Roberts, (R-Kan.)
    Corker, (R-Tenn.)Inhofe, (R-Okla.)Rubio, (R-Fla.)
    Cornyn, (R-Texas)Isakson, (R-Ga.)Sasse, (R-Neb.)
    Crapo, (R-Idaho)Kennedy, John (R-La.)Scott, T. (R-S.C.)
    Cruz, (R-Texas)Lankford, (R-Okla.)Shelby, (R-Ala.)
    Daines, (R-Mont.)Lee, M. (R-Utah)Thune, (R-S.D.)
    Enzi, (R-Wyo.)McCain, (R-Ariz.)Tillis, (R-N.C.)
    Ernst, (R-Iowa)Moran, Jerry (R-Kan.)Young, T. (R-Ind.)
  • Jan. 20, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Finance.Congressional Record p. S360

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