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Guttmacher Institute: states enact record number of abortion restrictions

Enacted Abortion Restrictions By Year
Enacted Abortion Restrictions By Year

Great news from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion think tank. (H/T John from Truth in Religion & Politics)


In the first six months of 2011, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Fully 49% of these new laws seek to restrict access to abortion services, a sharp increase from 2010, when 26% of new laws restricted abortion. The 80 abortion restrictions enacted this year are more than double the previous record of 34 abortion restrictions enacted in 2005—and more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010. All of these new provisions were enacted in just 19 states.

The post breaks down the pro-life measures by category:

  • Counseling and waiting periods
  • Gestational bans
  • “Heartbeat” bill
  • Banning abortion coverage in new insurance exchanges
  • Medication abortion
  • Cuts to abortion subsidies

All of these bills were supported by Republicans, and opposed by Democrats.

Elections have consequences. We elected a massive number of Republicans in 2010, and now we are seeing the results of that effort. I could not be more proud of the Republicans who voted in these measures to protect the unborn.

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House Republicans unanimously support No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Unborn baby scheming about defunding abortion
Unborn baby scheming about defunding abortion

The Dailer Caller reports on the roll call for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. (H/T Mary)


The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit all federal funding for abortions. The bill was approved by a vote of 251-175.

The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” amends the existing Hyde amendment. The Hyde amendment currently prohibits most federal funding for abortions.

In a press release, bill sponsor Republican Rep. Christopher Smith of New Jersey wrote, “one thing is clear: federal funding of abortion will lead to more abortions.”

Smith wrote, “In 2009, there were only 220 government-financed abortions. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the federal government would pay for as many as 675,000 abortions each year without the Hyde Amendment and other provisions that prevent federal funding of abortion.”

[…]Smith’s statement said that the bill “simply protects taxpayers from having to fund or subsidize something they morally oppose.”

All House Republicans who voted supported the legislation; they were joined by 16 House Democrats.

The White House strongly opposes the bill. In a policy statement, the administration wrote that the bill “intrudes on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care; increases the tax burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that consumers have today; and restricts the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule.”

Life News reports that the public supports banning funding for abortions:

A majority of Americans object to the use of taxpayer money for funding abortion, according to numerous polls — including a survey CNN conducted in early April showing Americans oppose public funding of abortion by a margin of 61% to 35%.

And also notes that cutting off funding makes a big difference in the number of abortions:

Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the lead sponsor of the bill, informed the House that a study by the Guttmacher Institute, the pro-abortion former research apparatus of Planned Parenthood, released a study noting that one-quarter of women who otherwise would have had abortions chose to give birth when taxpayer dollars were not available to pay for abortions of their children.

The Heritage Foundation explains what the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act does.


H.R. 3 seeks to prohibit federal funding of abortion by permanently codifying an array of protections against government subsidies for abortions.

[…]H.R. 3 would permanently prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize elective abortions. In addition to addressing the various loopholes for federal abortion funding, the bill prevents funding for:

  • Elective abortion through appropriations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • International aid for contraceptive programs where abortion is used as a method of family planning;
  • Insurance coverage for federal employees that includes elective abortions; and
  • Subsidized abortion with monies congressionally appropriated for the District of Columbia, as well as locally generated tax dollars.

[…]H.R. 3… also addresses the conscience rights of pro-life medical professionals and institutions. Both the weak conscience protections in the PPACA and the Obama Administration’s recent decision to partially rescind federal conscience regulations have placed the rights of doctors, pharmacists, and hospitals in a precarious situation. Codifying the annual Hyde–Weldon clause, H.R. 3 provides protection from discrimination in federally funded programs to medical professionals and institutions that decline participation in abortion.

The Weekly Standard notes that the tally could have been even higher. Five Republicans did not vote, and they are all pro-life.