H.R. 5939 (JULY 29, 2010): NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION ACT (SMITH AND LIPINSKI)

On July 29, 2010, Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), officially filed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (the Act). A joint press statement, along with text of the Act, H.R. 5939, may be found here.

According to Congressman Smith, the policies codified in the Act ensure that the “American taxpayer is not involved in funding the destruction of innocent human life through abortion on demand.”

If the Act becomes law it will protect life because it 1) establishes a government-wide statutory prohibition of taxpayer-funded abortion; 2) reduces the need for separate abortion funding policies; and 3) ensures that no federal program or federal agency is exempt. The Act is drafted so that abortion funding polices will no longer be debated on an “as-needed” basis. Instead the Act establishes as permanent the policies that prevent the destruction of innocent human life. Policies that currently rely on re-approval by Congress, just to name a few, are the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits funding for elective abortion coverage funded through the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Act, and the Helms Amendment, which prohibits funding for abortion as a method of family planning overseas.

Another important provision in the Act is the conscience clause, which codifies the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause contained within the Hyde Amendment. The conscience clause ensures that recipients of federal funding do not discriminate against healthcare providers because they do not provide, fund, or refer for abortion. Healthcare providers protected by the conscience clause include doctors, nurses and hospitals.

“We congratulate Rep. Smith and Lipinski for introducing a commonsense measure that protects the unborn,” states Dana Cody, President and Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. “The fact that there are 155 bipartisan cosponsors is very encouraging. If the Act becomes law it will be a monumental step toward restoring respect for human life in America.”

Original Cosponsors for the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

Smith, C.
Lipinski
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Austria
Bachmann
Bachus
Barrett, G.
Bartlett
Barton
Bilirakis
Bishop, R.
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonner
Boozman
Boren
Boustany
Brady, K.
Bright
Broun
Brown, H.
Brown-Waite
Buchanan
Burgess
Burton
Buyer
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Cao
Carter
Cassidy
Childers
Coble
Coffman
Cole
Conaway
Costello
Crenshaw
Critz
Culberson
Dahlkemper
Davis, G.
Davis, L.
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Donnelly
Duncan
Elhers
Ellsworth
Emerson
Fallin
Fleming
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks
Gallegly
Garrett
Gingrey
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves
Griffith
Guthrie
Hall, R.
Harper
Hensarling
Herger
Hoekstra
Hunter
Inglis
Issa
Johnson, S.
Johnson, T.
Jones, W.
Jordan
Kanjorski
King, P.
King, S.
Kingston
Kline
Lamborn
Latourette
Latta
Linder
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lungren
Manzullo
Marchant
Marshall
McCarthy, H.
McCaul
McClintock
McCotter
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McMorris Rodgers
Mica
Miller, C.
Miller, Gary
Moran, J.
Murphy, T.
Myrick
Neugebauer
Oberstar
Olson
Ortiz
Paulsen
Pence
Peterson
Pitts
Platts
Poe
Posey
Price, T.
Radanovich
Rahall
Roe
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (MI)
Rogers, Hal
Roskam
Ros-Lehtinen
Ryan, P.
Scalise
Schmidt
Schock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shimkus
Shuster
Smith, A.
Smith, L.
Stearns
Sullivan
Taylor
Terry
Thompson, G.
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Wamp
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson, J.
Wittman
Wolf

Author: Life Legal

The Life Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit law firm that specializes in the defense of vulnerable human life, especially life in the womb.