H.R. 7 & S. 946 – The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would prohibit the federal funding
of abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.
H.R. 7 is the bill’s number in the House; S. 946 is the bill’s number in the
Currently, most direct abortion funding by the government is prohibited by a
patchwork of annual amendments to spending bills. Chief among these is the
Hyde amendment, which blocks abortion funding by the Department of Health
and Human Services.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would apply the Hyde amendment’s
prohibition to all federal departments and agencies; further, it would write
the prohibition into statutory law, eliminating the need for annual renewals
of the various pro-life amendments that restrict abortion funding.
Before being passed by the House, H.R. 7 was amended to include a provision
that would require health insurance plans offered through Obamacare to
clearly advertise whether they cover abortion or not. This transparency
provision would only apply until January 1, 2015, when the abortion funding
prohibition contained in H.R. 7 would take effect.
The complete text of H.R. 7 may be found at
The complete text of S. 946 may be found at
H.R. 7 was introduced by Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4) and Dan Lipinski
(IL-3) and has 171 co-sponsors. A list of the co-sponsors may be found at
S. 946 was introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and has 26 co-sponsors. A
list of the co-sponsors may be found at
5-14-13 H.R. 7 introduced in the House and referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the
Committee on Energy and Commerce.
1-9-14 Hearing held on H.R. 7 in the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on
the Constitution and Civil Justice.
1-15-14 Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on H.R. 7
1-16-14 Judiciary Committee voted 22-12 to approve H.R. 7 and report it to
the House floor.
1-28-14 H.R. 7 passed the full House by a 227-188 vote.
5-14-13 S. 946 introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on
5-15-13 Press release
statements from Senator Wicker, Congressman Smith, and Congressman Lipinski.
1-9-14 Video of opening statement by Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks
(AZ-8) at House hearing on H.R. 7 may be found at
1-9-14 Written testimony of George Mason University Law School Professor
Helen Alvare at House hearing on H.R. 7 may be found at
1-9-14 Written testimony of Richard Doerflinger, the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Associate Director of the Secretariat of
Pro-Life Activities, at House hearing on H.R. 7 may be found at
Fr. Pavone calls HR7 "urgently needed legislation’
Video of Speeches by Pro-Life Members: