Trump promises to sign new ban on taxpayer-funded abortions
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump will sign the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed the House today, if the legislation makes it to his desk.
“The Administration strongly supports H.R. 7,” the White House said in a statement today. “If the President were presented with H.R. 7 in its present form, he would sign the bill.”
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act makes the Hyde Amendment - which prohibits federal funding of abortions - permanent, rather than subject to annual renewal.
It would also block Obamacare from funding abortions, often clandestinely, while Congress works to repeal and replace the law.
“The Senate must take up this bill to ensure that government no longer spends people's hard earned money on insurance with elective abortion,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. He said America “is moving toward a new era where all human beings, born and unborn, are protected under the law.”
The President of the Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, echoed Perkins' call for the Senate the pass the bill.
"House passage of this legislation is the first step towards fulfilling a promise made by President Trump to keep taxpayers out of the abortion business," said Dannenfelser. "He and his administration are working for the American people, not the abortion lobby. We urge the U.S. Senate to follow suit so that this bill can get to President Trump’s desk as soon as possible."
“This bill would continue to prohibit the Federal government from paying for affected procedures with the taxes of Americans who find abortion morally or religiously objectionable,” the White House statement explained.
H.R. 7 passed the House 238 to 183. Only three Democrats voted for it.