Gosnell Conviction Spurs Reintroduction of Bill Banning Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

By Shannon Quick | May 23, 2013 | 6:40am EDT

The annual March for Life in Washington took place this year on Jan. 25, 2013, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The recent murder conviction of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell is giving new momentum to the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which was reintroduced in the 113th Congress last week.

“President Obama has said he wants abortion to be rare. To Mr. Obama I say, ‘Here is a bill for you,’” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said at a May 16 news conference.

“With the recent murder convictions of Dr. Gosnell, we’ve got to encourage Americans to ask—how different really is Gosnell’s House of Horrors from abortions that occur in clinics throughout the country? Not much, not much at all,” Smith said.

“There are Kermit Gosnells all over America. Some abortionists may have cleaner sheets than Gosnell, and better sterilized equipment and better trained accomplices, but what they do—what Gosnell did is the same—kill babies and hurt women.”

The bill’s co-sponsor Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) said taxpayer dollars are poised to pay for abortions through the Affordable Care Act, and this bill would prevent that from happening.

“This legislation makes perfect sense by answering to the public’s wishes, making longtime federal policy permanent law and protecting innocent life that deserves to be protected,” he said.

Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who sponsored the bill in the Senate, noted that Congress, for more than 30 years, has passed annual provisions in appropriations bills to ban taxpayer funding of abortion. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would enact a “single, government-wide prohibition” on taxpayer funding of abortion in all federal programs, he said.

“This approach will reduce the need for separate abortion funding policies and ensure that no federal program is exempt from this prohibition.”

The bill, which has 95 cosponsors in the House and 21 in the Senate, states: “No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion.”

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