Jan 31 2017
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) shows continued strong support for pro-life measures in the first month of the new Congress. On Monday, Rogers cosponsored a resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 39) to overturn the Obama Administration's midnight regulation forcing states to provide public tax dollars to facilities that administer abortions, like Planned Parenthood.
"I have been a long-time defender of the millions of innocent babies whose lives are abruptly ended every year in America. We need to roll back the heart-breaking policies that were made in the final hours of the Obama Administration and restore the sanctity of life in this country," said Congressman Rogers. "Each state should have the authority to provide funding to for effective healthcare, rather than being forced to use taxpayer dollars for abortions."
In addition to sponsoring H.J.Res. 39, Rogers also voted for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (H.R. 7), which consequently passed the House last week and now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The bill makes the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide, prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through government programs, like Medicaid. It also ensures that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) conforms to the Hyde Amendment while Congress works to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Some reports estimate about half of the health insurance plans sold on Obamacare exchanges for 2017 cover abortion on demand, and in at least ten states, most or all plans cover elective abortion. Meanwhile, more than 60% of Americans agree that the government should not fund abortion.
Rogers also supported the 44th annual Walk for Life in Washington, D.C. last week that attracted hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall rallying for life - including a number of Kentuckians.
"We must continue giving a voice to the voiceless and remain steadfast to protect the unborn," said Congressman Rogers. "Echoing the words of Vice President Pence during the rally, 'life is winning again in America.'"
In one of his first acts as President, Mr. Trump also issued an executive order to reinstate the Mexico City policy, which prohibits foreign nongovernment organizations from using U.S. federal grant money to perform or promote abortions overseas.
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