No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act

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


I rise in support of the rule.

Over 20 years ago, in his 1985 book, ``For Every Idle Silence,'' Congressman Hyde wrote ``It is becoming culturally fashionable to protect the defenseless unborn.'' Those words hold even truer today as polling continually shows the majority of Americans oppose the vast majority of abortions and more Americans consider themselves pro-life more than ever.

Polls also show that a large majority of Americans oppose taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. An April 2011 CNN poll found that 61 percent of respondents opposed using public funds for abortion. A November 2009 Washington Post poll showed 61 percent of respondents opposed government subsidies for health insurance that includes abortion. A September 2009 International Communications Research poll showed that 67 percent of respondents opposed measure that would require people to pay for abortion coverage with their Federal taxes.

Our constituents and our conscience demand of us that we wait no longer. We must permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and protect the lives of unborn children.