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house Bill H.R. 3932

Ending Tax-Funded Abortion Services

Argument in favor

Separates abortion services entirely from federal funding, so taxpayers who oppose abortion won’t be forced to help pay for a service they oppose.

DeanLA's Opinion
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02/11/2017
Abortion is murder of an innocent life! As pro-life supporters, it is an abomination that federal tax money is used for abortions.
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faross3's Opinion
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08/12/2015
Planned Parenthood should be renamed to Planned Execution
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Pamela's Opinion
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07/11/2015
Im pro life and should not have to support this
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Argument opposed

Would compel insurers to drop plans that cover abortion all together, penalizing women who cannot fund abortions on their own.

StephenHooper's Opinion
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07/19/2015
Tax payers are forced to pay for all kinds of things they oppose. Like war. Get over it. Free safe abortions on demand.
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Kelly's Opinion
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07/02/2015
Tax payers pay for services they don't use all the time.
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Larry's Opinion
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07/31/2015
Government needs to stay out of personal choice. They DO NOT know better.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3932?

This bill would make it illegal to use federal funds to pay for any and all abortions.

While the law already prohibits the use of federal funds for most abortion services — aside from cases involving rape or incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. However, these prohibitions are not part of a permanent statute. I
nstead, they’re re-approved by Congress each year through the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Human and Health Services (known as the Hyde Amendment).

If enacted, this bill would enshrine those prohibitions in a permanent law. It would also expand the ban on abortion services by:

  • Making it illegal to include abortion services under any health care plans that are paid for with federal funds.
  • Prohibiting abortion services in any federal or D.C. health care facilities. As an extension of this measure, any physicians employed by the federal government are also barred from practicing abortion services.
  • Altering the definition of “qualified health plan” under the Internal Revenue Code so that it no longer includes plans that cover abortion (this basically means that individuals and small businesses won’t receive tax credits if they enroll in a health care plan that covers abortion services).
  • Requiring the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to ensure that state health care exchangeswhere people shop for health insurance plans-don’t offer any coverage for abortion services that will be paid for with federal funds.

Finally, this bill would amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to create public notices for people shopping for health insurance. This would include information about the extent of coverage for abortion services by federal funds, as well as the cost of abortion procedures that an individual would have to pay out of pocket, separate from her premium.

Impact

Women who want access to abortions, insurance providers, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Code, abortion providers, federally employed physicians and facilities that cover abortion services, and the Hyde Amendment.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3932

The CBO does not have a cost estimate at this time. However, H.R. 3932 is identical to a bill introduced in the House this year — H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The CBO determined that H.R. 7 would affect direct spending, which means it would have a negligible effect on tax revenues.

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In Depth:

In 1973, the Supreme Court upheld the right for women to have abortions in its decision on Roe v. Wade. In 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited federal funds from being used to cover abortions.

Since then, political battles over abortion have mostly played out on the state level: Republican state officials have passed 205 statutes restricting abortions over the past three years, including measures that force a woman considering abortion to undergo an ultrasound. But the Republican Party has also taken steps to restrict access to abortion services on a national level.

This fight swung in favor of anti-abortion activists when the Supreme Court made its recent ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. The court’s decision allows businesses to exclude coverage for contraceptives from employee health insurance if this violates an employer’s religious principles.

Despite these restrictions, abortions are not an uncommon experience for American women — one in three women will have had an abortion by the time they reach 45. Women who don’t use contraceptives, or who have difficulty accessing contraceptives, account for more than half of all abortions.

Although abortion is still a polarizing topic, polls show that at least half of Americans think abortions should be legal under certain circumstances, and 28 percent believe they should be legal under any circumstances.

Pro-choice activists claim that the Hyde Amendment and other anti-abortion measures disproportionately affect women of color and immigrants who rely almost wholly upon public funding for abortion services.

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Press Release

National Journal

Huffington Post

Politico
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

AKA

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014

Official Title

To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 27th, 2014
    Abortion is murder of an innocent life! As pro-life supporters, it is an abomination that federal tax money is used for abortions.
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    Tax payers are forced to pay for all kinds of things they oppose. Like war. Get over it. Free safe abortions on demand.
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    Tax payers pay for services they don't use all the time.
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    Planned Parenthood should be renamed to Planned Execution
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    Im pro life and should not have to support this
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    War is murder. An abortion is not.
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    Government needs to stay out of personal choice. They DO NOT know better.
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    Let women choose. Get out of women's bodies.
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    Abortion is genocide! Until we once again outlaw this barbaric, evil practice, we have no right whatsoever criticizing any other group or nation for committing genocide! There are one-celled organisms that are considered LIFE! Don't tell me that a "clump of cells" that in fact constitute an undeveloped human being are not deserving of having their "personhood" acknowledged and protected by the same God-given and Constitutional right to LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS that a fully developed human being is supposed to have!
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    This penalizes women who can't afford abortion. Those unwanted children will end up in the system which costs the taxpayers more in the long run.
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    It's a medical procedure. Period.
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    I shouldn't have money that I make taken from me to prop up legalized murder.
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    Penalizes those who could not afford necessary abortions as determined by women as would prevent insurance companies from refusing coverage.
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    NOT ONE Cent for this MURDER INC. -illegal partial birth abortions AND selling body parts. I don't know what country this is anymore. NO $$$ in FEDERAL money OR TAXPAYERS! THEY SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN NOW - DON'T wait for investigation - YOU have the PROOF, VIDEO after video after video.
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    I'm gay and don't have any kids, but you don't hear me asking for my tax dollars back that helped pay for your kid's education...
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    Joel, I have recently read your opinion on ending federal funding of abortion. I know that it is hard for you to forget your past and forgive yourself, but Jesus has already forgiven you. He forgave you the first time you asked Him. Psalm 103:12 says “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” Also 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is so wonderful to know that we do not have to bear the weight of our sin, but that Jesus did it for us when He died on the cross so that we could be forgiven and free! He loves you so very much and wants you to walk in His forgiveness and serve Him in joy and not be bound by your past. Nothing we can do can take us to Heaven when we die, only accepting what Jesus did for us to forgive us and save us. He loves you and has already forgiven you. He can and wants to use you in mighty ways if you will let Him.
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    I personally believe that abortion is murder and I don't want my hard earned money spent on it. Those who want it can give to the organization themselves, but those of us who are opposed shouldn't be forced to give money. I don't even think abortion should be an option, if someone really doesn't want the child then give him or her to someone who isn't blessed to be able to have children.
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    This is stupid, clearly the congressmen who wrote this do not know about the HYDE amendment. No federal funds pay for abortions and have not since its enactment in 1976. Additionally, I think abortions should be easily accessible, women die when they are not. Adoption is not always an option and sometimes the medical state of the pregnant person puts her life at risk if she carries the baby to term or if there is a medical reason the fetus will not be viable after birth (lacking a brain/brain mal formalities). It is cruel to force a women to bring the fetus to term. Heartbreaking enough without having to bring the child to term.
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    I cannot support a bill that would allow the use of tax-payer dollars to fund something this controversial. If this is an issue that cannot be solved in an orderly, bi-partisan fashion within a reasonable time frame, it isn't worth a tax-payer's dollar. Not only this, it is a flagrant lack of concern for religious/personal convictions against the act of abortion.
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    I paid for my girl friends abortion 15 years ago and it still hounts me to this day. I pray for forgivness at communion every sunday.
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