H.R. 7 – The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, would bar federal funding for
abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is
threatened. In effect, the measure would apply the Hyde amendment’s abortion
funding restriction to the entire federal budget, including Obamacare.
The Hyde amendment applies only to money authorized through the Department
of Health and Human Services. It and other abortion funding amendments must
be renewed every year by Congress. H.R. 7 would eliminate almost all
abortion spending by all federal departments and agencies and, by writing
the restriction into law, eliminate the need for Congress to approve the
Hyde amendment and other pro-life funding restrictions annually.
The text of H.R. 7 is available at
H.R. 7 is sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4). A list of co-sponsors
is available at
1-21-15 H.R. 7 introduced in the House of Representatives.
1-21-15 Referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
1-21-15 Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means.
1-21-15 Referred to House Committee on the Judiciary.
1-21-15 House Rules Committee adopted a resolution allowing one hour of
floor debate on H.R. 7. No amendments will be offered to the bill under the
terms of the resolution.
1-22-15 House passes H.R. 7 by a 242-179 vote.
1-22-15 Video of Congressman Chris Smith’s floor statement prior to the
House vote on H.R. 7 may be found at
1-22-15 Statement by Congressman Chris Smith upon passage of H.R. 7 by the
House may be found at