Congressman Curbelo Statement on the Passage of H.R. 7
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) today issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would require that "no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion." The funding limitations do not apply to an abortion related to rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother. This bill passed the House by a vote of 242-179.
"The passage of this bill takes further steps at protecting the life of the unborn by tightening restrictions on federal financing of abortions. As a father and pro-life advocate, I strongly believe that life is a gift that must be cherished and protected. By prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother, Congress has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing pro-life legislation and defending life. "
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act also prohibits the use of the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies and the small business tax credits for the purchase of health insurance that includes abortion coverage. Nothing in this bill would prohibit an individual, entity, state, or locality from purchasing separate abortion coverage using non-federal funds.