Some D.C. lawmakers are trying to expand the Hyde Amendment.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Darin LaHood of Dunlap, would permanently prohibit taxpayer dollars from directly funding abortions.
“And, we’ve not done that before. We passed it in the House yesterday (Tuesday), so now it’ll go to the Senate,” said LaHood.
The Hyde Amendment currently prohibits direct funding for abortions through the Labor and Health & Human Services Appropriations bill, but it must be renewed annually.
LaHood tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan that if H.R. 7 is passed by both the House and Senate, President Donald Trump has said he would sign it into law.
“If you want to get an abortion, if that’s what you choose to do, you’ll still be able to do that (under H.R. 7). But, you’ll have to do it with private funds.”
LaHood says agencies like Planned Parenthood would still be able to perform abortions, but would not be able to use taxpayer dollars to pay for them.