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Anti-Abortion Senators Intro Bill to Make Hyde Amendment Permanent, House Vote Expected Tomorrow

Today, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” S. 184, companion legislation to H.R.7, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017,” House legislation introduced earlier this month.

These bills would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and interfere with public and private health insurance coverage for abortion. A floor vote on H.R.7 is expected tomorrow (January 24, 2017) in the House.

Destiny Lopez, Co-Director of All* Above All, issued the following statement:

“If anyone was wondering about the priorities of the new anti-woman Congress—they’ve shown their cards. In just two weeks, they’ve already taken steps to dismantle the ACA and take away birth control coverage, defund Planned Parenthood, and now they’ve re-introduced sweeping legislation to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Already, too many women are denied abortion coverage because of how much they earn: H.R.7 is cruel and callous legislation that would make these discriminatory bans permanent law. This is all part of the Trump-Pence agenda to punish women.”

Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE), issued the following statement:

“Black women in our country are already suffering the harms of bans on abortion coverage, and rather than improving our access to necessary health services, the new Congress is obsessed with restricting abortion and doubling down on the Hyde Amendment. The Senate has introduced cruel and sweeping legislation that makes the Hyde Amendment permanent and interferes with women’s private health insurance coverage. No one in this country voted for Congress to take away our basic rights. In fact, Americans are more supportive than ever of keeping abortion legal, available, and covered by insurance. Shame on these out-of-touch politicians.”

For more information about the Hyde Amendment and its impact on women and families, please check out this updated fact sheet.