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  • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015

    by Representative Doug LaMalfa

    Posted on 2015-01-22

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    LaMALFA. I thank the gentleman for yielding.



    Madam Speaker, today, I am glad to be a Californian who is in favor of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

    Indeed, we have heard some interesting debate on this today, deflecting issues like higher pay or building more infrastructure, which we desperately need in California, as well as the water supply, and even entering the word ``child care'' in when we are talking about paying for abortions. Interesting. Even words like ``access.'' Well, abortion has been certainly accessible for 42 years, millions of times.

    The central point is, Are the taxpayers going to be compelled to pay for it? Are the American people out there--those 68 percent, in the latest poll--going to be compelled to pay for something? Jefferson said: To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.

    People who are pro-life, as well as many that are pro-choice, might agree with the idea that abortion should be available--on the pro- choice side. But many, many disagree, a supermajority. The number of people who disagree with this would override a veto in these two Houses in the Capitol.

    Yet what we are finding in my own State of California is an interpretation of ObamaCare--which is one of those job-killing, non- infrastructure building items that is hurting our economy in California and in this country--where we are being compelled, whether you are a church or religious charity, employer or individual, to have included in your insurance plans these provisions paying for abortions.

    Where is the freedom in that? Where is the conscientious objection to that? Where is the freedom of expression that I hear a lot from the other side of the aisle--until recent years? Our First Amendment? This bureaucratic mandate, which includes their opinion on what it would be under ObamaCare, largely done quietly, in the middle of the night, out of the public eye, is now being put on Californians. We need to send the message back that Californians should not be compelled to have to provide this in their coverage.

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