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Full House to Vote on H.R. 3, 'The No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Act'

Contact: Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765; chrissmith.house.gov

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), author of "The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," will hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming House vote on the bill expected later in the day.

    Press conference details:

    Who: Congressman Smith, co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, Rep. John Fleming, M.D. (LA-04); Rep Virginia Foxx (NC-05); Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-4); Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-02); and other pro-life leaders will discuss the vote.

    When: Wednesday, May 4 @ 12 noon

    Where: House Triangle (near intersection of Independence Ave. and South Capitol Street). The Triangle is located in the grassy triangle on the House side of the Capitol Building's East Front. RAIN LOCATION: Capitol Bdg., room HC-8.

The bill before the House Wednesday, "The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," or H.R. 3, would permanently prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion across all federal programs.
 
The bipartisan bill has 227 cosponsors. The legislation to be considered by the House was approved by the Judiciary and the Ways and Means committees. It would reduce the need for numerous separate policies to prevent government funding for abortion. H.R. 3 establishes a government-wide permanent prohibition on funding for elective abortion and insurance coverage that includes elective abortion. It would also close abortion-funding loopholes created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), prohibit tax-preferred status for abortion through health savings accounts (and other similar arrangements) and itemized deductions.  Finally, H.R. 3 would make the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause permanent and adds additional remedies.