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Smith Bill Represents Extreme Attack on Access to Abortion Care

In 2011, anti-choice lawmakers, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), launched a new attack on a woman’s right to choose: the deceptively titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R.7 in the 114th Congress).

Far more sweeping in scope than its name implies, the Smith legislation is not about public funding. Current law is clear: sadly, abortion services are banned in most federal government health-care programs, except in very narrow circumstances (for more information, please see the fact sheet Bans on Abortion Coverage in Government-Run Health-Care Programs). Moreover, contrary to what anti-choice lawmakers claim, it is a plain fact (confirmed by federal courts) that no federal dollars may be used to pay for abortion services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The express language of the [ACA] does not provide for tax-payer funded abortion,” the court wrote. “That is a fact, and it is clear on its face.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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