Friday, August 24, 2018

Pro-Life Provisions: DOD/LHHS Appropriations Bill

Yesterday, the Senate approved H.R. 6157, a spending bill including FY 2019 appropriations for both the Department of Defense (DOD) and Labor, Health and Human Services and related agencies (LHHS).

During consideration of H.R. 6157, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) offered an amendment that would prohibit large abortion providers — such as Planned Parenthoodfrom receiving any funding under the LHHS bill. (The Paul amendment is similar in substance to the language that was included in the House Appropriations Committee-approved LHHS bill, H.R. 6470.)

The Paul Amendment failed 45-48.
  • Voting in favor — 45 Republicans voted in favor of the Paul amendment
  • Voting against — All present Democratic Senators and 2 Republicans (Collins-ME, Murkowski-AK)
  • Not voting — 7 Senators (Corker-TN, Cruz-TX, Fischer-NE, Hirono-HI, McCain-AZ, Murray-WA, Schatz-HI).
60 affirmative votes were required for the Paul amendment to pass.

The House has not considered its own LHHS appropriations bill, H.R. 6470. The bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on July 11, 2018. It includes the following pro-life provisions that are not currently in law:
  • No Funding for Aborted Fetal Tissue Research (Section 532)
  • No Funds for Abortion Providers (Section 533)
    • No funding for the Title X family planning program. Title X funding currently may go to organizations that also promote and may even provide abortion.
    • No funds to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood
  • Conscience Protection Act, which protects the rights of health care entities that do not participate in abortion (Section 534)

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