No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Floor Speech

Date: May 4, 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Women Abortion


Mrs. CAPPS. I thank my colleague for yielding.

Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this rule and to the underlying legislation.

A mere 2 weeks ago, the Republican majority brought us to the brink of government shutdown over their disapproval of Planned Parenthood. But instead of moving past divisive social issues and addressing our economic challenges with housing and creating jobs, we are here again today witnessing the Republicans' obsession with reopening the culture wars.

H.R. 3 represents the most egregious attack on reproductive rights in over 35 years, rights that are protected by the Supreme Court decision. H.R. 3 uses the Tax Code to effectively deny access to insurance that includes abortion care coverage, no matter how it is paid for. What it doesn't do is trust our Nation's women, trust our Nation's families, their doctors, their clergy, and trust small businesses to make their own health care choices for their employees. This is unacceptable. Make no mistake, despite the rhetoric coming from the other side of the aisle, the bill is not about funding. It is about using our laws and our Tax Code to infringe upon the rights of women, the protected rights of women and families across this Nation.

Madam Speaker, it is time that this Congress places trust in our Nation's women, its families and small businesses to make their own health care choices.