On the day pro-lifers commemorate the slaughter of millions of unborn children from legalized abortion on demand, President Obama has vowed to veto legislation that would defund taxpayer abortion.
The bill, known as H.R. 7 was sponsored by NJ Representative, Chris Smith.
The veto threat came down as pro-lifers assemble in Washington to march in the annual March for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
President Obama is most likely the most pro-abortion president we have seen to date in America. His statement read, “The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 7. The legislation would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care; increase the financial burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today; and restrict the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule. Longstanding Federal policy prohibits the use of Federal funds for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered. This prohibition is maintained in the Affordable Care Act and reinforced through the President’s Executive Order 13535. H.R. 7 would go well beyond these safeguards by interfering with consumers’ private health care choices. The Administration strongly opposes legislation that unnecessarily restricts women’s reproductive freedoms and consumers’ private insurance options
If the President were presented with H.R. 7, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto
Moments after Obama’s veto threat the bill passed 242-179 with three Democrats voting for the bill, and one Republican voting against it.
In the past, pro-life Representative Chris Smith has explained HR7 on the House Floor:
Today, Smith told the A.P., “Conscientious pro-life Americans who don’t want to be complicit in the wounding of women and killing of babies are paying for abortions, and many of them don’t even know it.”
The Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014 – Title I:
Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortions –
Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services, except in cases involving rape, incest, or life endangerment.) Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion (thus making permanent existing federal policies). Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District. Excludes an abortion from such prohibitions if:
(1) the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; or
(2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician. Applies such prohibitions to District of Columbia funds. Title II: Application Under the Affordable Care Act –
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from the definition of “qualified health plan” after December 31, 2014, for purposes of the refundable tax credit for premium assistance for such plans, any plan that includes coverage for abortion. Excludes from the definition of “qualified health plan,” for purposes of the tax credit for small employer health insurance expenses, any health plan that includes coverage for abortions. Exempts from the application of such tax provisions:
(1) abortions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or in cases where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would, as certified by a physician, endanger her life if an abortion were not performed; and
(2) the treatment of any infection, injury, disease, or disorder that was caused by or exacerbated by the performance of an abortion. Requires the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), when entering into contracts for health insurance, to ensure that no multi-state qualified health plan offered in a state health care exchange provides health benefits coverage for which the expenditure of federal funds is prohibited under this Act.
Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with respect to notice provided to health plan enrollees, to require: disclosure at the time of enrollment of the extent of coverage of abortion services for which the expenditure of public funds is either prohibited or allowed; prominent display in marketing or advertising materials, comparison tools, or summary of benefits and coverage explanation made available by the issuer of the plan, by an exchange, or by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), including information made available through an Internet portal or an exchange; and separate disclosure and identification, in the case of a health plan that includes coverage of abortion services for which public funding is prohibited, and where the premium is disclosed, of the separate payment collected by the plan issuer equal to the actuarial value of the such coverage.