No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015by Representative Steve Chabot
Posted on 2015-01-22
CHABOT. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Madam Speaker, a little while ago, a number of my colleagues from the other side of the aisle came down and made, I believe, the ludicrous allegation that this bill is somehow an attack on women's health care, and, therefore, we ought to be spending time on the infrastructure and on a whole range of issues.
If you want to talk about an attack on women's health care, it is called ``ObamaCare.'' It is an attack on the health care of women and men and children in this country--deductibles up, premiums up, the quality of health care down. Most of the folks who came down to the mike--I can't say all of them. I think probably all of them if they were here--voted for ObamaCare, and the American people are having to live with the results of that. Now, that is an attack on the health care of American women.
This legislation simply says that there ought not to be taxpayer dollars going to pay for abortions in this country, that one person shouldn't have to pay for the abortion of another person whether it is on moral grounds, conscience, or one's religion. You shouldn't make one person pay for another person's abortion. It is pretty simple, and the American people overwhelmingly agree with that point of view. That is what this legislation is about. It is in ObamaCare as well. It is the same thing. Through insurance or otherwise, you shouldn't force one person to pay for another person's abortion because one is opposed to it.
Today happens to be a day that is important to me. It is the day I was born. It is my birthday. It also happens to be the date that, I would say, the infamous decision of Roe v. Wade came down. My birthday was in 1953, and this was in 1973 that Roe came down. On this day, I can't help but think of those millions and millions and millions of Americans who do not exist today because of that decision.
This, obviously, is related to that, but it is mostly about the choice that a person has to make; and if she makes that choice, should somebody else have to pay for it? The law says ``no.'' I agree with the law. Support this bill.