Monday, May 18, 2020

Pro-Life Analysis of the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

Some items of note from H.R. 6800, the
Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act:


UNDERLYING BILL TEXT:

Division A, Title III
—Financial Services and General Government (FSGG)
—Coronavirus State Fiscal Relief Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Fund (pp. 22-33)

These two relief funds, which lack clear pro-life protections, appropriate $540 billion for states and $375 billion for local governments to respond to and replace lost revenues due to COVID-19. It is unclear whether the funding is protected by the Smith Amendment (which prevents FSGG funds from paying directly for abortion procedures). The bill does not prevent states or local governments from using the funding to cover other abortion facility expenses.

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