Senators Isakson, Perdue, Cosponsor Legislation to Prevent Taxpayer Funding for Abortions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) recently cosponsored legislation to prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion. Currently, similar policies, such as the Hyde Amendment, must be renewed each year and do not fully apply to Obamacare.

“It’s an obligation of the federal government to protect innocent life, and it’s high time that we work to end loopholes which make taxpayers responsible to pay for abortion,” said Senator Perdue. “I stand with Georgians in working towards a nation that values life, and I will continue to be a strong voice for those values in the Senate.”

“It is incomprehensible to me that American tax dollars would ever fund abortions,” said Isakson. “This legislation helps not only ensure that this prohibition is permanent and that it applies to Obamacare, but also allows Georgians who value life to have a clear understanding of which plans under Obamacare cover elective abortion procedures. It is time this administration provides transparency to taxpayers as to where their hard-earned dollars go.”

The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” S. 582, is the Senate companion to H.R. 7, authored by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ-4), and Dan Lipinski (R-IL-3). That bill passed the House by a vote of 242-179 on January 22, 2015.