On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, House Republicans voted on a bill to effectively end taxpayer-funded abortions after shelving bill H.R. 36, which sought to ban abortions after 20 weeks, over some discrepancies regarding the law’s approach towards victims of rape and incest.
According to The Huffington Post, women would no longer be able to have their abortions covered by Medicaid and would have limited access to private insurance plans that include abortion coverage. Small businesses would also be denied a tax credit offered under the Affordable Care Act if they include abortion care in their health insurance plans. The District of Columbia would also be barred from using its own local funds to subsidize abortion care.
Leading up to the vote, Democrats took to the House floor in protest, calling the bill yet another attack on “reproductive rights.” “The House should vote for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure instead of attacking women’s access to health care,” they said.
The bill passed 242 to 179 with only three Democrats in favor. Should the bill pass the GOP-controlled Senate, President Obama has already stated he will veto the bill.
“The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 7,” the Statement of Administration Policy reads. “The legislation would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care; increase the financial burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today; and restrict the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule.”