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house Bill H.R. 7

No Federal Funding for Abortion Services (With Exceptions)

Argument in favor

This bill would protect the innocent lives of unborn babies and the healthcare providers who do not wish to participate in abortions, while still allowing abortion under dire circumstances. Taxpayers shouldn't have to subsidize abortions.

O bryce's Opinion
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01/23/2017
This isn't about IF someone can or can't get an abortion...it's about if taxpayers pay for it or not. just pointing that out cuz it seems many think this is about making abortion illegal.
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01/23/2017
Healthcare decisions can still be between patient and doctor. But not on my dime. You have no natural right to force me, under threat of fine and imprisonment, to pay for any of your healthcare, let alone a procedure with which I fundamentally disagree. There is no magical "federal" money. The government has nothing that it does not first take from someone else. When you want the government to pay for it you are saying that all other citizens must be forced to pay for it. Now try to convince me why you have a right to force me to fund something I oppose. And keep in mind that truly good ideas don't require force at all.
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Shannon's Opinion
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01/25/2017
I am 21 years old, a millennial, a college student, a strong Conservative, and a woman who is currently going through the miscarriage of her first child. I cannot fathom why abortion is so rampant in America, and why tax dollars are being used for a personal and (usually) avoidable procedure. I was overjoyed when I found out I was pregnant. Yes it would have been hard with me and my husband in college, but we knew we were responsible for the life that we had brought into the world. I do not believe that federal tax dollars should be used for abortions for any reason. However, I can deal with it being used for the extreme circumstances -- rape, incest, danger to the mother -- that are outlined in the bill. The government should not use MY tax dollars to fund something that I am against. If a woman can have intercourse, she can raise a child, put it up for adoption, or pay for her own abortion if she sees fit; the child did not ask to be conceived, and we shouldn't punish it because its mother is selfish. This is a bill that we need as women! We need to stand up for unborn children that have no voice. What have we become when we kill our own children as a nation?
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Argument opposed

This would restrict women's reproductive freedom and access to healthcare while disproportionately hurting the poor and people of color. Besides, the ban on federal abortion funding is already in place and taxpayer dollars don't go to abortions.

Joel's Opinion
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01/23/2017
Unless you have a vagina, you shouldn't be able to pass laws regarding them. There are millions of kids in the foster system who are neglected and taken in merely for the government checks. Without a WOMANS choice, we are causing more issue for tomorrow
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Helen's Opinion
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01/23/2017
Health care decisions should be between patient and doctor
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Trish's Opinion
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01/23/2017
This is the first step in attempting to defund Planned Parenthood which helps provide family planning and healthcare to many women, including low income. Healthcare decisions should be left between a doctor and patient!
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      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed January 24th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 238 Yea / 183 Nay
      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2017

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Title

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017

Official Title

To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 TITLE I--PROHIBITING FEDERALLY FUNDED ABORTIONS (Sec. 101) This bill makes permanent the prohibition on the use of federal funds, including funds in the budget of the District of Columbia, for abortion or health coverage that includes abortion. The prohibitions in this bill, and current prohibitions, do not apply to abortions in cases of rape or incest, or where a physical condition endangers a woman's life unless an abortion is performed. Abortions may not be provided in a federal health care facility or by a federal employee. TITLE II--APPLICATION UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Sec. 201) This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit qualified health plans from including coverage for abortions. (Qualified health plans are sold on health insurance exchanges, are the only plans eligible for premium subsidies and small employer health insurance tax credits, and fulfill an individual's requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage.) Currently, qualified health plans may cover abortion, but the portion of the premium attributable to abortion coverage is not eligible for subsidies. (Sec. 202) The bill revises notification requirements for qualified health plans regarding abortion coverage and charges for abortion coverage.
    This isn't about IF someone can or can't get an abortion...it's about if taxpayers pay for it or not. just pointing that out cuz it seems many think this is about making abortion illegal.
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    Unless you have a vagina, you shouldn't be able to pass laws regarding them. There are millions of kids in the foster system who are neglected and taken in merely for the government checks. Without a WOMANS choice, we are causing more issue for tomorrow
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    Health care decisions should be between patient and doctor
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    This is the first step in attempting to defund Planned Parenthood which helps provide family planning and healthcare to many women, including low income. Healthcare decisions should be left between a doctor and patient!
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    Hyde's amendment already exists. Stop wasting time and money on these bills that will further restrict our rights. I thought Republicans believed in small government with minimal interference!?!
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    This impacts too many other vital resources. Additionally, this is none of our business. Specific to data, abortion rates are statistically lower in areas where abortions are not limited/ prevented.
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    Evidence shows that without adequate reproductive health care, more women die.
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    PLEASE do NOT support House Bill 7. Access to SAFE, SHAME-FREE, and affordable abortions is essential for the health of society and should be a protected right for all people!
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    If you are morally opposed to abortions, don't have one.
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    It is a fact that countries where abortion care is legal the level of abortions is lowest. No to criminalization of women's health choices! #BeBoldEndHyde!
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    My body my choice
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    This should be a choice between women and their doctors. Choice is the law of the land. We will be watching your vote.
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    Choice is the current law of the land and funding should support the law.
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    Healthcare decisions can still be between patient and doctor. But not on my dime. You have no natural right to force me, under threat of fine and imprisonment, to pay for any of your healthcare, let alone a procedure with which I fundamentally disagree. There is no magical "federal" money. The government has nothing that it does not first take from someone else. When you want the government to pay for it you are saying that all other citizens must be forced to pay for it. Now try to convince me why you have a right to force me to fund something I oppose. And keep in mind that truly good ideas don't require force at all.
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    Almost a third of women will need abortion services in their lifetime. This is basic healthcare!
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    A woman's right to choose for ANY circumstance is an important right to safeguard.
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    They Hyde Amendment is discriminatory against women of color, in addition to being an overreach of government into a woman's body. The Supreme Court has continued to uphold a woman's access to abortion, so Congress needs to stop trying to tear it apart.
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    I would like to tell you the story of my mother. My mother, at the age of 21 became pregnant. She did not love her boyfriend. She was about to graduate college, with her eye on medical school. She wanted to become a doctor. So, she had an abortion. If you knew my mother today, you might never know that she is one of the hundreds of thousands of women who have had abortions for many various reasons. She goes to church every Sunday, dutifully makes dinner for our family every night, and has been happily married to my father for 25 years. She did not make her decision lightly and still at times feels guilt for reasons that she puts in herself. She views it as a selfish act. But I don't. Without her ability to choose when and with whom she made a family, I might not exist. My brothers might not exist. My father wouldn't have the rock of a woman that is currently helping him through his depression after being laid off. She would have a kid, one she might love, yes. But she would most certainly be a single mother, as her boyfriend broke up with her before she even had the abortion. What gave him the right to choose a different life but would deny her the same right? Luckily, she had a friend whose parents were well off and helped her pay for the abortion. But what might have happened if she were one of the 900,000 women in Indiana alone who live below the poverty line who will now, most likely not have access to ACA and would not be allowed to even get a government-funded abortion if this bill were to pass. Impoverished women have the highest rate of pregnancy. They have less access, both geographically and economically, to birth control and contraceptives. They have less education on sexual health. And they already have the least access to safe forms of abortion. Ninety-five percent of Indiana counties had no clinics for abortions. Yes, abortion rates are on the decline, in part due to access of contraception over the last five years. But those who encounter a situation like my mother might not have a choice any longer. I respect a woman's right to view life as beginning at fertilization. That is her belief and her choice. But I also respect a woman's right to choose a different kind of life for herself. Both of these opposing decisions made by the woman could either be viewed as selfish or selfless, the only difference is the outsider's perspective. So I beg you, let the woman decide for herself. It terrifies me that I would have to beg for the freedom of a choice from people who will never understand the burden of that choice. But here I kneel. Do not pass this bill.
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    I am 21 years old, a millennial, a college student, a strong Conservative, and a woman who is currently going through the miscarriage of her first child. I cannot fathom why abortion is so rampant in America, and why tax dollars are being used for a personal and (usually) avoidable procedure. I was overjoyed when I found out I was pregnant. Yes it would have been hard with me and my husband in college, but we knew we were responsible for the life that we had brought into the world. I do not believe that federal tax dollars should be used for abortions for any reason. However, I can deal with it being used for the extreme circumstances -- rape, incest, danger to the mother -- that are outlined in the bill. The government should not use MY tax dollars to fund something that I am against. If a woman can have intercourse, she can raise a child, put it up for adoption, or pay for her own abortion if she sees fit; the child did not ask to be conceived, and we shouldn't punish it because its mother is selfish. This is a bill that we need as women! We need to stand up for unborn children that have no voice. What have we become when we kill our own children as a nation?
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    Hey! Women's healthcare includes some uncomfortable decisions around reproduction. Deal with your discomfort, but don't impede reproductive rights.
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