Less than 24 hours after the House of Representatives voted to repeal Obamacare, GOP lawmakers began drafting their own healthcare proposals, including legislation that would limit funding for abortion.
On Jan. 20, the House approved a measure that directs four committees — Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Education and Workforce and Judiciary — to work on healthcare laws that reflect the GOP's agenda. It didn't take long for Republicans to introduce two bills that would eliminate taxpayer-funded abortions, the Protect Life Act and No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
"When the healthcare reform bill was signed into law last year, the administration chose to shut their ears to the will of the American people and move forward with a plan to expand abortion access," said Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), who sponsored the Protect Life Act, quoted by The Hill.
The Protect Life Act rewrites provisions in Obamacare to ensure that the law does not allow for taxpayer funding for abortion, while the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act establishes a ban on Federal subsidies for the controversial procedure and for healthcare plans that cover it.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, praised GOP lawmakers for their efforts to repeal the existing law and introduce new legislation. Perkins said that Americans should not be "forced to pay for abortions."