Romney Pushes Effort to Permanently End Taxpayer Funded Abortions
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his colleagues, led by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), in reintroducing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would make restrictions on using federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions permanent.
     
“The lives of our children, both born and unborn, deserve our protection,” Senator Romney said. “I am proud to join my colleagues in reintroducing this effort which would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions.”
   
The legislation is cosponsored also by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-La), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Risch (R-ID), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Rick Scott (R-FL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Tom Tillis (R-NC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and Todd Young (R-IN.)
   
BACKGROUND:
Currently, policies that regulate federal funding for abortions, like the long-standing Hyde Amendment, have to be reapproved each year and can be terminated at any time. This bill would eliminate the need for annual action and ensure a permanent, government-wide prohibition on funding for abortions.