Government takes steps to ban federal aid for abortions

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that would bar taxpayer dollars from being used for abortions. If passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law, the bill would standardize prohibitions that already exist in some programs, such as Medicaid, under the Hyde Amendment.

Opponents of the bill, such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-choice America, have called the proposed legislation “anti-choice overreach.” But supporters point out that the Hyde Amendment has been in existence since 1976. According to Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, it “represent[ed] a bipartisan consensus that taxpayers should not have to violate their consciences through subsidized abortion.”

The bill still needs to stand up under the scrutiny of the U.S. Senate, which did not act upon it the last time the bill was pushed through the U.S. House. President Trump has stated support for a prohibition on federal funding for abortions.