WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., joined his colleagues in reintroducing the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act to help end taxpayer support for the abortion industry.
“The use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions is wrong, and millions of Americans agree,” said Senator Wicker. “This legislation would give taxpayers the certainty of knowing their money will not be used to support the taking of innocent life.”
The Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act would prohibit federal funds from being provided to any entity, either directly or indirectly, unless the entity certifies that it will not perform an abortion or provide funding to any entity that funds an abortion.
Even though federal law has prohibited use of federal funds for abortion since 1976, the abortion industry receives millions of dollars in direct and indirect federal funding every year. A January 2018 Marist poll found that 60 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars for abortion.
U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who led the legislation, was also joined by U.S. Senators James Inhofe, R-Okla., Tim Scott, R-S.C., James Lankford, R-Okla., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
Read the full text of the bill here.