Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Votes to Protect Unborn Children and Prevent Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Jan 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed, and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) voted for, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7).  This bill permanently prohibits federal funding for abortion and funding for any insurance plan that includes abortion on demand.

“Today—just days before hundreds of thousands of people will participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.—I am proud to have taken a stand in solidarity with them to protect the rights of the unborn and prevent taxpayer funding for abortion,” said Hensarling.  “As Americans, we share a sacred responsibility to protect innocent life and defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves. It is my strong belief that human life begins at conception, and every life—even the life of an unborn child—is worthy of protection.”

H.R. 7 passed 238 to 183 and codifies into law the Hyde Amendment, which doesn’t outlaw abortions but simply says that federal taxpayers will not be compelled to subsidize them.

In fact, a majority of Americans agree taxpayers should not foot the bill for abortions, including those who identify as pro-choice.  A poll conducted by Knights of Columbus-Marist about six months ago found 61% of Americans believe taxpayer dollars should not be used for this life-ending procedure.