Hultgren: No Taxpayer Should Be Forced to Pay for Abortion
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today delivered a floor statement in support of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, which codifies the patchwork of federal provisions that ensure no taxpayer dollars fund abortions except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at stake. Rep. Hultgren is an original cosponsor of the legislation which is scheduled for a vote this afternoon.
“Majorities of Americans—women and men alike—agree that no one should be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion. This legislation takes provisions that have had bipartisan support for decades and makes them permanent,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This week, Americans from across the country plan to march in protest of the unjust Roe v. Wade decision which has resulted in more than 55 million of unborn deaths. Defending and protecting the most vulnerable in our society means ensuring no tax dollars go to end their lives.”
Background on H.R. 7
- Makes the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide, including in insurance plans covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Hyde Amendment is the protection against taxpayer dollars being used to fund most abortions and abortion coverage through government programs.
- Until a new plan year begins, the bill ensures full disclosure, transparency and the prominent display of the extent to which any health insurance plan on the exchange funds abortion.
Rep. Hultgren is a member of the Pro-Life Caucus in the House. Previously, he wrote an op-ed on why Americans should not be forced to pay for abortion. Click here to read the piece.