On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he plans to sign legislation banning abortion coverage from Obamacare plans. The move comes a day after Trump reinstated a Reagan-era foreign policy initiative that blocks foreign aid investment to groups that provide education about abortion or advocate for abortion rights in their country.
"This bill would continue to prohibit the federal government from paying for affected procedures with the taxes of Americans who find abortion morally or religiously objectionable," a statement by the White House on a bill currently making its way through Congress says, notes the Washington Examiner.
According to the Huffington Post, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act currently being discussed by Congress, would make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The amendment was originally passed three years after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, and prohibits federal funding for elective abortions.
According to The Atlantic, every Congress since 1976 has reapproved the amendment.
“President Trump said he would put ‘America First’ in his inaugural address,” Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, said, reports the Huffington Post. “He can’t do that by marginalizing women around the world.”
“Roe v. Wade was not the beginning of women having abortions -- it was the end of women dying from abortions,” Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois added. “Women across the country are terrified that politicians are going to restrict their access to safe abortion, and clearly this fear is well-founded.”
But on Jan. 23, Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey argued "that fetuses 'need friends' in Congress" in support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. “They need people who are willing to say, at the very least, ‘We will not provide taxpayer funding to facilitate your demise by either chemical poisoning or by literal dismemberment of an unborn child’.”