U.S House Passes Bill to Ban Federal Funds for Abortion

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On Tuesday the Republican-led House backed legislation that would permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage.

The bill, which passed 238-183, would also block tax credits for some people and businesses buying abortion coverage under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Republicans passed a similar bill in 2015 under veto threat from Obama and the legislation went nowhere.

Republicans are moving aggressively on anti-abortion legislation as well as targeting elements of the health care law. The GOP figures the bill would have a better chance under new President Donald Trump. But it would have to first get through the Senate, where it would need 60 votes and face considerable Democratic opposition.

Timing is everything. The House vote came just after the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States and ahead of Friday’s women’s march.

“Pro-life Americans struggle for the day when abortion violence will be replaced by compassion and empathy for women and respect for weak and vulnerable children in the womb,” said Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., who sponsored the original bill.

 

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