CV NEWS FEED // CatholicVote is marking the first anniversary of the Dobbs decision by calling on Congressional Republicans to bring the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” to a vote.
The legislation would establish “a permanent prohibition on federal funding for abortion, replacing the current restrictions with a single, government-wide standard.”
On January 15, 2023, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives proposed a bill to ban taxpayer funded abortions, promising a vote in February. Six months later, halfway through June, there is still no word on when that vote will take place.
CatholicVote’s petition allows voters to easily contact their own representatives and urge them to schedule the vote and to approve the bill.
“For decades, members of Congress on both sides of the abortion debate agreed that abortions shouldn’t be directly funded by federal tax dollars,” the petition states. “This consensus was called the Hyde Amendment, a provision added to every federal spending bill for 44 years which prevented taxpayer funds from being used for abortions.”
“There has always been a clear majority of the American people opposed to taxpayer funding for abortion,” CatholicVote Field Director Tommy Valentine commented. “The Democrats are extremists on this issue, but there is no excuse for any Republican — especially those who are Catholic — to oppose this bill.”
“While there is debate at the state and federal level at which age of development to save the unborn, there is agreement from all voters that taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the willful destruction of life,” added CatholicVote Director of Government Affairs Tom McClusky.
“Unfortunately,” he continued, “Congress has not gotten that memo as every House Democrat and a couple of dozen Republicans, notably Rep. Deremer and most of the New York delegation, have misled pro-life activists and now defend using tax dollars to target the unborn for destruction. They need to hear from you.”