Mr. Speaker. Above all else, we are a culture that values life. Likewise, our efforts as a nation are dedicated to improving, preserving and celebrating life. That’s why it’s no surprise that polling routinely shows that over 60% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.
H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” enforces a government-wide prohibition on subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. At a time of fiscal crisis, this bill ensures that scarce resources are not diverted towards increasing the number of abortions in America.
This bill also codifies existing conscience protections and closes loopholes that offer tax-preferred status to abortion. In short, it comports with the values of our people.
Thomas Jefferson warned that, “to compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Forcing Americans to subsidize elective abortion with their tax dollars falls squarely in this camp. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 3 and ensure that no taxpayer dollars go toward the funding of abortion.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
May 4, 2011