Are my tax dollars paying for abortion?

Many prolife people are concerned that the federal government under the leadership of President Barack Obama uses tax dollars to pay for abortions or subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

For more than 30 years, the Hyde Amendment has prevented federal tax dollars from being used to pay for Medicaid abortions. The Hyde Amendment is a rider which has been annually included in the appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services since 1976. It prevents the DHHS from spending tax dollars on abortion. However, with the upcoming implementation of President Obama's health care reform law, new routes for abortion funding and subsidizing have been opened up.

In response to the concern of prolife citizens, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a variety of measures in 2011 with the intent of preventing tax dollars from subsidizing the abortion industry. In April, the House voted 241-185 to defund Planned Parenthood, America's leading abortion provider. On May 4, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act passed 251-175. This legislation would establish a permanent prohibition of subsidies for abortion and health insurance coverage of abortion in federal programs. On May 25, by a vote of 234-182, the House passed an amendment by Rep. Virginia Foxx which would prohibit federal funds from being used by "teaching health centers" to provide abortions or train doctors to provide abortions. The amendment also prevents "teaching health centers" from discriminating against prolife health care workers.

While votes in the House of Representatives to defund Planned Parenthood and prevent the funding of abortion training programs have passed easily, this kind of prolife legislation faces a much steeper climb in the U.S. Senate. The majority of U.S. Senators do not have prolife voting records. The effort to defund Planned Parenthood was voted down in the Senate by a 58-42 vote. Many senators like Michigan's Senator Debbie Stabenow favor tax dollars being used to pay for abortion and are opposed to any type of legislation which might limit abortion.

In order for prolife legislation to pass and to ensure that tax dollars aren't used to fund or subsidize abortion and abortionists, the U.S. Senate needs more prolife senators. In Michigan, we have the opportunity in 2012 to remove pro-abortion Senator Debbie Stabenow and hopefully replace her with a prolife senator.

Visit the Right to Life of Michigan web site to get a RAP (record of abortion policies) sheet on Senator Stabenow. Information on her 0% prolife voting record can easily be passed on to friends and family.







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