Competing abortion bills on Capitol Hill

Friday, July 10, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A pro-life activist has found another reason to pass a bill to ban using taxpayers' money to fund abortions.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are waging a political war on a current law, the Hyde Amendment, that bans use of tax dollars for abortion.

But Mary Harned, staff counsel for Americans United for Life, warns that pro-abortion lawmakers are introducing a bill to prohibit the Hyde Amendment.

"The bill would permit federal Medicaid dollars to be used to pay for abortions for women on public assistance," Harned tells OneNewsNow.

Harned

That legislation, if made law, would reduce births among poor women, many of them Hispanic and black, which pro-life groups say fits the business philosophy of Planned Parenthood.

The problem is the Hyde Amendment and other measures with a similar purpose have to be renewed every year.

"That is why we support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," which would create a "comprehensive prohibition" for using taxpayers' dollars for abortions, says the pro-lifer.

The pro-life bill passed in the House but not yet in the Senate, although President Obama is expected to veto it.

Harned says of the bill: "It's still very important for the Senate to take it up to begin this process, so that when we have a president who's more favorable to it, there will already be this history of it having passed the House and the Senate."

Meanwhile, the fight against the Medicaid abortion bill is under way. 

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