Wicker Praises House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today praised the passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” H.R. 7, by the House of Representatives. This bill is the House companion to S. 946, which was introduced by Wicker in the Senate in 2013.

“Protecting the sanctity of every human life is essential to what it means to be an American,” Wicker said. “Its passage would eliminate the need for Congress to renew, on an annual basis, legislation such as the ‘Hyde Amendment,’ which prohibits federal funding for most abortions.  I call on the Senate to take up this bipartisan bill without delay.”

The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” prevents federal funds from being used for any abortion coverage in the United States and abroad.  The bill also ensures that no loopholes or exemptions can be enacted to bypass these protections.

H.R. 7 was introduced in the House by United States Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 227-188.  The Senate version introduced by Wicker has 25 cosponsors.