I have a feeling this will not be the last time I use that title because this certainly isn’t the first.
WASHINGTON – High-priority Republican legislation aimed at curtailing abortion rights across the United States is on its way to passage in the House, having secured enough co-sponsors for approval on the floor.
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R. 3, “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” would eliminate employer deductions for health insurance if the plan includes abortion, effectively raising costs for employees’ health insurance.
By Wednesday, hours before a Ways and Means subcommittee markup of the bill, it had gained 221 official co-sponsors, crossing the 218 threshold necessary for passage.
Just so we’re clear — We can’t have tax deductions for employer provided health insurance programs that fund abortion, but it’s ok if you simply dodge your taxes entirely in this country. And by the way, we’re going to cut your future child’s education and nutritional assistance too.
I would argue that such legislation could actually be damaging economically because paying for an abortion procedure is much cheaper than the costs associated with carrying an un-wanted baby to term, taking maternity leave, and ending with a delivery that on average costs $10,000 dollars.