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Bill Permanently Banning Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Blocked in the Senate

Do you support the bill to permanently ban federal tax dollars from funding abortions?

by Countable | Updated on 1.17.19

The Senate attempted to take up a bill that would permanently prohibit federal tax dollars from funding abortions on Thursday, but it was blocked in a 48-47 procedural vote. The vote capped off a week that saw two other bipartisan bills fail to clear that procedural hurdle in the Senate, including a Middle East policy bill and a bill to stop sanctions relief for companies linked to a Russian oligarch.

What would this bill do?

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act would make the Hyde Amendment ― which prohibits federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening birth complications ― a permanent law. It’d also require healthcare plans to clearly indicate whether they fund abortions, and if they do then no premium assistance tax credits or cost-sharing reduction payments would be available for those plans.

The Hyde Amendment has been law since 1976, but gets enacted annually by virtue of being attached to a spending or budget bill rather than becoming law through standalone legislation. Because of the Hyde Amendment, the 15 states that fund abortions beyond cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening birth complications through their Medicaid programs do so entirely with state tax dollars in those instances.

What’s next for the bill?

While there may be additional votes on the issue at a later date in the 116th Congress, it’s highly unlikely to gain the 60 votes needed to “invoke cloture” and limit debate in the Senate, let alone be passed through the Democrat-controlled House.

Had all senators been present today, the bill likely would’ve had 53 supporters and ended up 7 votes shy of that threshold. Four senators crossed the aisle in today’s vote: Democratic Sens. Bob Casey (PA) and Joe Manchin (WV) voted yes, while Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) voted no.

— Eric Revell

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  • John
    Voted Oppose
    01/17/2019
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    Roe v Wade is settled law. It protects a legal medical procedure. If this bill passes then any group of fanatics can try to restrict funding for any legal procedure. How about no public funding of religious institutions by removing their tax exempt status?

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  • Sean
    Voted Support
    01/17/2019
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    I think it should be the woman/couples choice but I don’t think taxpayers should have anything to do with it

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  • Dennis
    01/18/2019
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    Abortion is nothing less than murder with few exceptions

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  • iixx
    Voted Oppose
    01/17/2019
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    So tired of these ignorant old white men and women reintroducing these bills every year. Literally every damn year.

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  • David
    Voted Support
    01/17/2019
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    Abortions stop a beating heart!! Tax money should NEVER go to pay for killing a baby!

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  • Tia
    01/17/2019
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    Folks, this is nothing new. It happens every year because the Hyde Act is temporary. It's been temporary since 1976. This is a vote to make the "Hyde Amendment ― which prohibits federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening birth complications ― a permanent law." We've been living with this for decades.

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  • TrulyTexan
    Voted Oppose
    01/17/2019
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    I want MY tax dollars going to women’s health. That includes all reproductive services.

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  • BacktotheRight
    Voted Support
    01/17/2019
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    If you want your choice then pay YOUR bill.

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  • Denise
    Voted Oppose
    01/18/2019
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    Ultimately, I oppose this bill. I want this procedure to be more accessible for those in need.

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  • eireprof
    Voted Oppose
    01/18/2019
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    Separation of church and state! Justice for women!

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  • Yordan
    Voted Support
    01/18/2019
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    This bill isn’t making abortion illegal. It isn’t taking away a woman’s choice over her body. And it doesn’t impact a woman’s access to health services. This bill is simply not making it taxpayers responsibility to pay for this service. The bill will continue to allow funding for abortions due to rape, incest and when life threatening. Any other reason for abortion is either poor planning, irresponsibility or just shit birth control and NO ONE other than who needs it should HAVE to pay for it.

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  • godquestion
    Voted Support
    01/17/2019
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    If you want me to pay my tax dollars for something, that means I get to voice my position. Medical science shows us that an unborn fetus is a living human being. Taking that human beings life without proper justification is the very definition of murder. I don't want my tax money being used to support murder, therefore, the government should not be subsidizing such a holocaust that has killed over 50 million human beings over the last 50 years.

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  • RAN
    Voted Support
    01/17/2019
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    Yes, stop the killing and stop involving me with the money the federal and state steals from me.

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  • Grant
    Voted Oppose
    01/17/2019
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    Federal dollars should be able to fund women’s health clinics that provide many other services other than abortions.

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  • Merry
    Voted Oppose
    01/18/2019
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    Separate our country from religion!!! Women must have the right to choose!!! Women in need must have help if need it!!! Stop this conversation

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  • Chickie
    Voted Oppose
    01/18/2019
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    A woman’s body, a woman’s decision.

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  • Ps
    Voted Oppose
    01/18/2019
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    This is NOT an issue that needs to be revisited every year. Maybe if MEN were held accountable for their actions when a baby is created, women wouldn’t need assistance from the government. Once a baby shows up, the baby is ALMOST ALWAYS the woman’s responsibility and many men run off taking NO responsibility. People are also missing the second part of this referendum— that being that the GOP also wants to stop insurance companies from covering abortion even if you specifically purchase a policy with that included in your coverage. I am NOT for abortion, however, at times, a specific situation might make it a necessity. Often times, the same people trying to ban abortion are also trying to ban all types of birth control and again almost always holding the woman completely responsible for creating and supporting a life. How do we as a country explain the millions of single mothers each with a high number of children left to support them completely by way of some poverty wage job while also somehow caring for those children. This trend is a national disgrace. These laws are obviously being promoted by evangelical christians. And Separation of church and state is being totally ignored. What we should be doing is getting the law settled once and for all as follows: A) Roe vs Wade stands as is. B) Abortion is decided by a woman and her doctor, NOT the government or evangelicals who seem to think they were elected to something at some point. C) Abortion could be paid for in specific situations like rape, life of the mother is threatened, No financial assistance from the father, Other situations deeming abortion necessary by woman and doctor. D) Abortion coverage purchased in an insurance policy is honored, NOT made illegal by the government. E) Added to a current law or a new law is created holding the fathers of babies created, legally and financially responsible for at least 50% support of said child. F) Financial assistance for single mothers with more than 3 children not getting support from the father(s). G) Birth control is made legal and should be made available inexpensively or free permanently. H). Difficult but somehow create laws tying in the required use of birth control and receiving government assistance if a life is created.

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  • USoSirius
    Voted Oppose
    01/18/2019
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    It’s pretty funny how Republicans are only for abortion when they impregnate their mistresses.

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  • Jessie
    Voted Oppose
    01/17/2019
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    I oppose this.

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  • Rebecca
    Voted Oppose
    01/17/2019
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    Stay out of my body my body my choice no man will ever tell me how to treat my body

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