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H.R. 7 – The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

S. 946 – The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would prohibit the federal funding of abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.

H.R. 7 is the bill’s number in the House; S. 946 is the bill’s number in the Senate.

Currently, most direct abortion funding by the government is prohibited by a patchwork of annual amendments to spending bills. Chief among these is the Hyde amendment, which blocks abortion funding by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would apply the Hyde amendment’s prohibition to all federal departments and agencies; further, it would write the prohibition into statutory law, eliminating the need for annual renewals of the various pro-life amendments that restrict abortion funding.

Before being passed by the House, H.R. 7 was amended to include the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act which would require health insurance plans offered through Obamacare to clearly advertise whether they cover abortion or not. This transparency provision would only apply until January 1, 2015, when the abortion funding prohibition already contained in H.R. 7 would take effect.

With the amendment of H.R. 7, it was renamed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014.

Text

The complete text of H.R. 7 may be found at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/7/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr7%22%5D%7D

The complete text of S. 946 may be found at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/946/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s946%22%5D%7D

Co-Sponsors

H.R. 7 was introduced by Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4) and Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and has 171 co-sponsors. A list of the co-sponsors may be found at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/7/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr7%22%5D%7D

S. 946 was introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and has 26 co-sponsors. A list of the co-sponsors may be found at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/946/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s946%22%5D%7D

Status

H.R. 7

5-14-13 H.R. 7 introduced in the House and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

1-9-14 Hearing held on H.R. 7 in the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

1-15-14 Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on H.R. 7.

1-16-14 Judiciary Committee voted 22-12 to approve H.R. 7 and report it to the House floor.

1-28-14 H.R. 7 amended to include the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act and approved by the full House, 227-188. Sent to the Senate.

1-29-14 Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 946

5-14-13 S. 946 introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Statements

5-15-13 Press release and statements from Senator Wicker, Congressman Smith, and Congressman Lipinski.

1-9-14 Video of opening statement by Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (AZ-8) at House hearing on H.R. 7 may be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWwm5-8Kazo.

1-9-14 Written testimony of George Mason University Law School Professor Helen Alvare at House hearing on H.R. 7 may be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxXHB3vZE0A

1-9-14 Written testimony of Richard Doerflinger, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, at House hearing on H.R. 7 may be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3L3-nYf3BI

1-29-14 Fr. Pavone calls HR7 "urgently needed legislation’

Video of Speeches by Pro-Life Members:

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Part 2, Part 3

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)

Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

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