On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would outlaw the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions, even in insurance coverage. The vote was held the same day as the Right to Life March on the National Mall, just outside the United States Capitol.
The bill – H.R. 7 – passed Thursday 242-179, mostly along party lines, The Hill reported. Rep. Rich Hanna, R-N.Y., was the only Republican to vote against it. Three Democrats voted with the majority to advance the measure: Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; Dan Lipinski D-Ill.; and Colin Peterson, D-Minn.
Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who sponsored the legislation, is being praised for his efforts:
— Teresa Tomeo (@TeresaTomeo) January 22, 2015
Another bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks was shelved due to concerns raised by GOP women and moderates including Reps. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Jackie Walorski, R-Ind. The Hill pointed out they wanted revisions made to some of the measure’s rape language. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. told The Hill Thursday that the fight over this particular bill was “not over.”
We’re going to bring this bill back. This is a fight that’s not over. We’re going to continue working to get this bill passed.
Naturally, President Obama did not approve of the the lower chamber’s actions:
In written statement, Pres Obama says the abortion bill passed today by the House “would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom…” — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 22, 2015
The news surrounding the bills comes as hundreds of thousands were expected to be on the National Mall for the 2015 Right to Life March Thursday to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case effectively ruled that abortion was legal in America.
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h/t: The Hill