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WASHINGTON —  The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a major pro-life bill — the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) — on or about Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

National Right to Life urges you to promptly contact your U.S. House representative  to urge him or her to support H.R. 3, and to oppose all amendments that may be offered by opponents of the bill.  Go here for an easy way to send a brief note to our 4 U.S. reps.

Currently, there is a patchwork of different federal laws that restrict federal funding of abortion.  However, many of these restrictions (such as the well-known Hyde Amendment, which applies to the federal Medicaid program) expire every year — which forces the pro-life side to re-fight the same battles in Congress, year after year. 

Moreover, in a number of federal programs — notably, some major new programs created by the massive Obama health care law in 2010 — federal subsidies for abortion are currently permissible under law.  H.R. 3 would replace this leaky patchwork with a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding of abortion and federal subsidies for health plans that cover abortion.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Il.), the co-chairs of the House Pro-Life Caucus.  Click here for list of co-sponsors of the bill.

Meanwhile, back in Topeka, the state budget currently contains a provision redirecting Title X federal family planning funds AWAY from Planned Parenthood and to state health clinics.  No women will be without pregnancy-related services, and even better, approximately $300,000 in tax moneys will be augmenting full-service medical care for lower income men and women of all ages–instead of underwriting Planned Parenthood.

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A U.S. House bill that could have expanded VA (Veteran’s Administration) involvement in performing, procuring and counseling for abortion was successfully neutered before passage today.  Kansas has VA centers in Topeka, Wichita and Leavenworth.

H.R. 5953 — a Woman Vets ‘Bill of Rights’--requires information about specific services for women and amputees be posted inside VA facilities.  It was hurried to a vote today in the lame duck session by order of the Democratic leadership, and National Right to Life had alerted Congress that abortion-exclusionary language was needed.

The necessary language was added before passage.  If not approved by the Senate in the next few weeks, the bill will die (more…)

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