House Approves Bill Barring Federal Funding for Abortions

Pro-life demonstrators turned out en masse at the Supreme Court on Thursday for the annual March for Life rally to protest the landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. (Associated Press)
Pro-life demonstrators turned out en masse at the Supreme Court on Thursday for the annual March for Life rally to protest the landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. (Associated Press)

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for “any abortion” or for “health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion” has been approved by the House.

The bill passed by a vote of 242-179. Titled the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015, it was introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., and others, including Speaker John Boehner.

Its stipulations include:

“No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion.”

Approval of the bill comes on the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. A similar bill was approved one year ago.

The measure has not been approved in the Senate. Its approval in the House comes one day after the body’s Republican leaders decided to shelve a proposed ban on “almost all abortions at 20 weeks post-conception,” as the Two-Way reported last night.

The bill sparked a spirited debate on the House floor, as C-SPAN’s transcript shows.

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., told her colleagues:

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SOURCE: NPR
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