Shortly after voting to repeal the massive health care law known as Obamacare, Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced a bill aimed at ending federal funding of abortions.
H.R. 3, also known as The No Tax-Payer Funding for Abortion Act, was introduced Thursday, and is designed to codify the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment already bans federal funding for abortion, but must be renewed every year.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) was one of the original co-sponsors of the bill authored by Republican Chris Smith.
According to Todd Weiner, Communications Director for Congresswoman Rodgers, the pro-life representative from Washington’s 5th Congressional District is taking a leadership role in seeing the measure become law.
“This is a high priority for her,” Weiner said in a telephone interview Friday morning.
Politico reports that the bill was introduced with the Protect Life Act, a measure that would specifically block “…federal funding for abortion under the health reform law.”
Speaking at a press conference Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner said the new bill “reflects the will of the people and deserves the support of the House.”
“It’s one of highest legislative priorities and as such I’ve directed it receive the designation of H.R. 3,” he said.
But Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards called the bill a serious threat in a Thursday morning interview with Politico:
“These folks have just taken office and this is what they’re focusing on…Based on what we’re seeing, just few days after the start of Congress, we’re absolutely ready for a very serious fight.”
Pro-life activists will be marking the 38th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide on January 22. Since that decision, an estimated 54 million abortions have taken place, according to a spokeswoman at the Spokane Right to Life.
The bill now goes to the Energy and Commerce Committee, where Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) promised quick action.
“We intend to move that bill quickly through our committee,” he said.
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