No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015by Representative Mimi Walters
Posted on 2015-01-22
WALTERS of California. Madam Speaker, I rise today on the
42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade in
support of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This vital
bill establishes that no taxpayer funds be used for abortion, including
plans that cover abortion under the President's health care law.
These restrictions will save lives. According to the research by the Guttmacher Institute, policies that cut taxpayer funds towards abortion will actually prevent 25 percent or more of the abortions that would otherwise take place.
Furthermore, recent polling has demonstrated that the American public is widely opposed to taxpayer funds for abortion. According to a Marist poll released in January of this year, 68 percent of the respondents opposed taxpayer funds for abortion. A CNN poll from last year shows that 56 percent of respondents oppose public funding for abortion.
As a mother of four, I know personally how precious the gift of human life is and how important it is to honor that gift. As legislators, it is both our job and responsibility to protect the innocent lives of the unborn and to serve as a voice for those who do not yet have one.
Today, the U.S. House has a historic opportunity to put an end to the use of taxpayer funding for abortion. In drafting the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson so wisely penned: ``To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions in which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.'' Madam Speaker, I emphatically agree.