On the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Republicans in the United States House of Representatives have decided to move forward with the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act after dropping the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a woman’s decision to have an abortion falls under the right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th amendment. Coincidentally, House Republicans decided to push the HR36 bill-the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on the same day, 42 years later. The bill’s main purpose would be to prohibit women from getting abortions after 20 weeks. At the last moment, the provision that requires women to file a police report in cases of rape to legally abort was added. The House Republicans got a push back from the female Republicans, pointing out that support from women and young voters would be lost, so the bill was subsequently dropped.
On the same day, after HR36 was dropped, HR7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act was passed in the House. This new bill prohibits the use of Medicaid for abortion purposes, and restricts women’s ability to buy private insurance with abortion coverage. This bill denies a small business tax credit that they get through Obamacare, if abortion care is included in health insurance plans from the employer. This bill has passed in the House, but still has to pass the Senate and President Obama.