BREAKING: US House Votes To Permanently Ban Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion

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     In Washington today, there was a 238-to-183 vote to forever end taxpayer funding of abortion. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (HR 7)—it permanently solidifies the otherwise-known Hyde Amendment, which has been prone to yearly renewal.

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According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated two-million-plus lives since its 1976 enactment. 

More, the Marist poll’s January 2017 public inquiry availed 61 percent of Americans are against their tax dollars going toward abortions. Abortion funding for Obamacare (aka Affordable Care Act) is also out with the newly enacted bill.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) availed that 1,036 Obamacare plans sold in 2014 entailed abortion on demand while other Obamacare plans were vague on their abortion-funding aspect(s).

Using GAO statistics, Smith refuted Democrats who jumped onto the House floor, saying Obamacare doesn’t financially support abortions. However, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) argued with HR 7 being “about going well beyond” the Hyde Amendment. He was backed up by others who spoke in favor of Planned Parenthood, adding they were part of the Women’s March on Washington, protesting the bill.

Congressional pro-lifers countered those statements with the legislation’s permanence being already in existence—Congress renews it annually. They added the bill enables clarity on abortion coverage in healthcare plans.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) shut down folks using the “women’s march” as an allusion to them speaking for every female, adding pro-life feminists being excluded from it—she referenced January 20th, 44th annual March for Life. Cheney was followed by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) backing her on this, pontificating on the hypocrisy of the women’s march.

Fellow Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) opined HR 7 as a “common-sense measure.” Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) said she felt “heartsick” about her peers rejoicing the recent Roe v. Wade anniversary and became verbally attacked them making abortion synonymous with “care” as opposed to “taking life.”

The House of Representative released a statement entailing: “The Administration strongly supports H.R. 7...if the President were presented with H.R. 7 in its present form, he would sign the bill.”

[Source: Diane Black's Twitter feed]

[Source: Diane Black's Twitter feed]

The debate progressed, as Congressional pro-lifers stressed the humanity of unborn infants. “We treat them as tumors, warts to be exorcised,” Smith said.

“The one voice not heard today is that of the baby,” Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) said.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ, said “[The] real question before us [is] does abortion kill a little baby?” If that’s the case, he continued, abortion’s the “greatest human genocide” throughout history.

[Source: Twitter/Vicky Hartzler]

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) said, “I hate” the Hyde Amendment and opinionatedly foresaw HR 7 failing in the Senate.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) went out on the proverbial ledge by alluding to Trump scripting a “new book” of the Bible, citing a comment the President made about the religious text being his “favorite book.” She compared the Command in Chief’s first-week-in-office actions to implementations of a demon of sorts, reluctant “he [would] rest on the seventh day.”

[Source: Twitter/Raimundo J. Rojas]

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) took her HR 7 opposition to the ne with a complaint entailing Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy “denies life-saving healthcare to women around the world.”

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) stressed her “hope and dream” is Americans will see that children are God’s gift to society. “We need to make these provisions permanent,” she added, codifying the Hyde Amendment.

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