Like Countable?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H.R. 4131

Prohibiting Federal Tax-Exempt Bonds From Being Used to Build Abortion Clinics

Argument in favor

Since the Hyde Amendment already bans the use of federal funds for abortion services, and construction bonds are essentially a federal subsidy, it follows that federal tax-exempt bonds shouldn’t be used to support abortion clinics in any way — including by funding their construction.

Doug's Opinion
···
08/23/2018
In Row v Wade the question is asked, are the unborn protected by the 14th amendment, and the court answered correctly saying they are not, but what the court neglected to clarify is that the unborn are protected in the preamble of the Constitution referring to them as our posterity, so we should have never had this abomination to begin with, so to correct this legal error Planed parenthood needs to be abolished and Row v Wade clarified.
Like (23)
Follow
Share
David's Opinion
···
08/23/2018
The first guarantee is the “right to LIFE”. No one can have life if your not allowed to be born. PP involvement in selling baby parts just proves how cruel and heartless abortion is. If your for abortions watch “ THE SILENT SCREAM”, then tell me how you feel.
Like (18)
Follow
Share
JTJ's Opinion
···
08/23/2018
The funding of planned parenthood is not appropriate use of our tax dollars. If it is such an important organization to liberals, then they should fund it themselves through charitable donations. Non deductible of course.
Like (13)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

In general, the abortion clinics in question aren’t abortion-only providers — they’re women’s health clinics that provide important services such as STI/STD testing, contraceptive prescriptions, and more. Cutting off their access to tax-exempt bonds would hurt women’s healthcare.

Jim2423's Opinion
···
08/23/2018
Remember the first amendment, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, etc. so keep religion out of these bills.
Like (210)
Follow
Share
onebrownowen's Opinion
···
08/23/2018
theres not a single reason musty old white men in the house and congress should decide to take away a major amount of womans healthcare like that. I don't care about religious beliefs separation of church and state is a whole deal dude
Like (168)
Follow
Share
KansasTamale's Opinion
···
08/23/2018
A woman has a right to do what is right for her. Planned Parenthood does NOT USE ANY GOVERNMENT MONEY FOR ABORTIONS. YOU ALL NEED TO DO YOUR RESEARCH P P is where many women get their female healthcare. A healthy mother makes for a healthy baby. To squeeze all the money from PP is a grotesque misuse of power by the republicans. Wish the republicans cared about kids & people as much AFTER BIRTH AS THEY DO GETTING THEM BORN. EVEN THE POPE HAS SAID A WONAN HAS A RIGHT!!!
Like (120)
Follow
Share

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedOctober 25th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 4131?

This bill — known as the No Abortion Bonds Act — would impose taxes on state, local, and tax credit bonds that are used to build a facility owned or used by an abortion provider for more than 30 days during a year in which interest is paid on the bond. An entity wouldn’t be considered an “abortion provider” if the abortions it performs are only in the cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.

The Department of the Treasury could exempt certain hospitals from being considered abortion providers by making the hospital’s name available on Treasury’s public website.


Impact

Hospitals; abortion providers; state, local, and tax credit bonds; Internal Revenue Code; and the Department of the Treasury.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4131

A CBO cost estimate for this bill is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced this bill to prohibit the use of federal tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of abortion clinics:

“Under a loophole in the current law, cities, counties, and states can issue federally tax-free bonds to finance construction of abortion clinics. These tax-free bonds are intended to finance schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, not abortion clinics.  This legislation applies the spirit of the Hyde Amendment to the tax code, by preventing tax-free bonds from going to abortion providers.”

Given that Planned Parenthood — which provides abortion services in some of its clinics — has historically been a major recipient of these bonds, Pittenger argues that tax-exempt bonds convey a direct benefit to Planned Parenthood, since it acts as a less expensive loan for the group to pay back. He said these bonds therefore act as a federal subsidy to Planned Parenthood that is inconsistent with current federal law, which prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for abortion or abortion services.

Although Planned Parenthood has not made public statements on this bill, it has commented on similar attempts to revoke or otherwise reduce its funding, especially around abortion care. Dara Singiser, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for the organization, said the following about H.R. 4712, a bill criminalizing abortion providers:

“Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care. The political agenda here is clear: to take away access to safe, legal abortion. Time and time again, the American people have rejected these blatantly political attacks on women’s health care. Instead of attacking women’s health, Congress needs to listen to the American people and invest in women and families.”

Americans United for Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life, the Eagle Forum, March for Life, and Family Policy Alliance, are among the organizations that support this bill. In its letter of support, Family Policy Alliance wrote of this bill:

“[This] legislation applies the principle of the Hyde Amendment consistently to government spending, including through the tax code, ensuring that families are not forced to subsidize abortion facilities. Additionally, we appreciate that [this] legislation demonstrates a dedication to good stewardship of American families’ money. Many of the facilities that have benefited from millions of dollars worth of federal tax-exempt bonds include Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, which together generate over one billion in revenue according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report. With our nation’s current debt level and many existing infrastructure responsibilities, providing tax-free, subsidized, low-interest loans for abortion facilities—particularly for an abortion giant like Planned Parenthood— is clearly not a priority.”

There are 104 cosponsors of this bill, including 103 Republicans and one Democrat.


Of NoteState and local governments are allowed to finance the construction of schools, roads, and hospitals with special bonds exempt from federal taxes. These tax breaks for the investors in such projects, which cost the federal government billions in revenue and lead to lower costs for the borrowers, are a federal taxpayer subsidy of these projects.

While the 1976 Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of taxpayer funding for abortion or abortion-related services, the use of tax-exempt federal bonds to build abortion clinics represents a loophole that allows state and local governments to effectively use federal subsidies for abortion clinics.

Lawmakers in various states have issued millions of dollars' worth of tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of Planned Parenthood clinics in a range of states::

  • In 2012, New York City issued a tax-free, $15 million bond for renovation of Planned Parenthood’s national headquarters

  • In 2007, the Illinois Finance Authority approved an $8.05 million tax-free bond to pay for a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Aurora

  • In 2006, the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency granted a $5 million tax-exempt bond for a Planned Parenthood clinic in Worcester


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / jetcityimages)

AKA

No Abortion Bonds Act

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose federal taxes on bonds used to provide facilities owned by abortion providers.

    In Row v Wade the question is asked, are the unborn protected by the 14th amendment, and the court answered correctly saying they are not, but what the court neglected to clarify is that the unborn are protected in the preamble of the Constitution referring to them as our posterity, so we should have never had this abomination to begin with, so to correct this legal error Planed parenthood needs to be abolished and Row v Wade clarified.
    Like (23)
    Follow
    Share
    Remember the first amendment, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, etc. so keep religion out of these bills.
    Like (210)
    Follow
    Share
    theres not a single reason musty old white men in the house and congress should decide to take away a major amount of womans healthcare like that. I don't care about religious beliefs separation of church and state is a whole deal dude
    Like (168)
    Follow
    Share
    Planned Parenthood is not an abortion clinic. It is a clinic specializing in sexual health of men and women, access to birth control, cancer screenings, and pregnancy counseling. It is ignorant to place these outstanding clinics in the abortion clinic category as they offer so much more. To deny these clinics aid, is to deny education and medical care to persons who cannot afford to obtain these services through a hospital. The pro-life movement is willing to allow children to be born to parents who do not want them or cannot afford to raise them, just to prove a point. A woman’s right to chose what happens to her body should be between her and her physician, not between her and a political and religious movement.
    Like (145)
    Follow
    Share
    A woman has a right to do what is right for her. Planned Parenthood does NOT USE ANY GOVERNMENT MONEY FOR ABORTIONS. YOU ALL NEED TO DO YOUR RESEARCH P P is where many women get their female healthcare. A healthy mother makes for a healthy baby. To squeeze all the money from PP is a grotesque misuse of power by the republicans. Wish the republicans cared about kids & people as much AFTER BIRTH AS THEY DO GETTING THEM BORN. EVEN THE POPE HAS SAID A WONAN HAS A RIGHT!!!
    Like (120)
    Follow
    Share
    Abortion is a LEGAL PROCEDURE! This is another Repugnacant attempt to attack Planned Parenthood and other providers of womens’ health. Stop the bullshit!
    Like (79)
    Follow
    Share
    For the millionth time- PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDES CRITICAL HEALTHCARE INCLUDING CANCER SCREENING FOR MEN AND WOMEN. They provide prenatal care for poor women, and in some poor counties they are THE ONLY MEDICAL PROVIDER! If you manipulative, controlling morons would allow them to provide comprehensive sex education and full access to affordable birth control there wouldn’t be nearly so many requests for abortions. You will never stop humans from having sex so grow up and get the hell out of other people bedrooms.
    Like (76)
    Follow
    Share
    This bill is about men dictating to women how women should handle their healthcare decisions. For a party that doesn’t want the government involved in personal decisions the Republicans sure work hard at trying to control women’s healthcare decisions.
    Like (57)
    Follow
    Share
    Planned Parenthood doesn’t use tax dollars for abortions-they also do a lot more for women-exams and providing safe birth control options for people who have no health insurance and need medical attention.
    Like (51)
    Follow
    Share
    Stop forcing your make believe fantasies on everyone else. I have a whole list of stupid crap that I don’t want my taxes used for or to be exempt from taxation. We should not base our system of government on a book of myths and fables. Use common sense and the will of the people. It is called a democracy for a reason.
    Like (50)
    Follow
    Share
    If TAX EXEMPT status is TAKEN from Planned Parenthood THEN it should ALSO be taken from ALL RELIGIOUS GROUPS, CHURCHES, and ORGANIZATIONS.
    Like (41)
    Follow
    Share
    Nope...let em build em!!
    Like (38)
    Follow
    Share
    Why is this even up for debate? Separation of church and state. DONE that’s it . No other information needed.
    Like (34)
    Follow
    Share
    Wait a minute - We can use Federal Tax Dollars to build for-profit prisons to make unethical people very wealthy while they unethically fill these prisons with persons that should not be imprisoned and many of these innocent persons will be killed, BUT, we cannot use FederalTax Dollars to build health centers to help women, some of which happen to be the opposer’s Mothers, Wives, Sisters, Daughters, Mistresses, etc. conservatism harms people. Conservatism kills people for greed and profit. Conservatives allow priests who rape innocent little kids, to walk free, then put these rapists in mansions with all expenses paid and these criminal Christians will never see a courtroom or a prison. Conservatives are not human. They possess no human traits.
    Like (33)
    Follow
    Share
    Abortion is legal, stop trying to impose religious and personal beliefs on the rest of us.
    Like (32)
    Follow
    Share
    Planned Parenthood is not an abortion clinic. It is a clinic specializing in sexual health of men and women, access to birth control, cancer screenings, and pregnancy counseling. It is ignorant to place these outstanding clinics in the abortion clinic category as they offer so much more. To deny these clinics aid, is to deny education and medical care to persons who cannot afford to obtain these services through a hospital. The pro-life movement is willing to allow children to be born to parents who do not want them or cannot afford to raise them, just to prove a point. A woman’s right to chose what happens to her body should be between her and her physician, not between her and a political and religious movement.
    Like (31)
    Follow
    Share
    Government needs to get out of the anti-abortion business. It's none of their affair. Planned Parenthood does vastly more than provide abortions. If a woman wants an abortion she's going to have one regardless of what anyone else wants and she is entitled to a safe place.
    Like (30)
    Follow
    Share
    Last i checked, abortions are federally legal. So unless a state votes to refuse accepting federal finding, this should be a non issue on a federal level. Planned Parenthood is not an abortion clinic. It is a clinic specializing in sexual health of men and women, access to birth control, cancer screenings, and pregnancy counseling. It is ignorant to place these outstanding clinics in the abortion clinic category as they offer so much more. To deny these clinics aid, is to deny education and medical care to persons who cannot afford to obtain these services through a hospital. The pro-life movement is willing to allow children to be born to parents who do not want them or cannot afford to raise them, just to prove a point. A woman’s right to chose what happens to her body should be between her and her physician, not between her and a political and religious movement.
    Like (30)
    Follow
    Share
    Bullshit. Get your religion out of government. Stop trying to backdoor ban a legal procedure. Pathetic cowardice. The government cannot do indirectly what it cannot do directly.
    Like (30)
    Follow
    Share
    Using religion to hurt women's health care is dispicable
    Like (26)
    Follow
    Share
    Vote no. Or I vote no. Get it?
    Like (24)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE