New Abortion Battles Brewing in Congress
Abortion is once more proving to be a policy issue at all levels of government, with a strong pull from Republicans. While state legislation related to abortion has recently been pursued by Republicans, there has also been a push at the federal level.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, H.R. 3, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) passed the House earlier this year and now is waiting for a Senate vote. Among other things, the bill would impose higher taxes for individuals who purchase health insurance that covers abortions by taking away existing tax benefits.
That bill has been regularly mentioned in the lobbying reports of organizations such asPlanned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union and the American Nurses Association, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Meanwhile, the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358, was also recently introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) , which has had various groups lobbying on the bill such as the People for the American Way and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology, as OpenSecrets Blog previously reported.