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Manchester's Congressman Chris Smith's Anti Abortion Bill Passes through Congress

Congressman Smith has vowed to Abolish Roe v Wade
Congressman Smith has vowed to Abolish Roe v Wade

The House of Representatives passed a bundle of abortion restrictions Tuesday that would dramatically reduce the number of health insurance plans that cover the procedure. The vote was 227 to 188, with one lawmaker voting present

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7), sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), would prohibit insurance plans sold in the new health care exchanges from covering abortion, and it would eliminate tax benefits for small businesses that purchase insurance plans covering abortion. The bill would also prevent the District of Columbia from using its own locally raised funds to subsidize abortion care for low-income women.

Currently, more than 80 percent of private health insurance plans include abortion coverage, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research group.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said after the vote, "This President promised that ‘under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.’ We know now that was a lie, and this bill corrects his broken promise. We should not be taxing Americans and forcing them to fund a violation of their religious freedom. The passage of this bill today is one more step toward restoring respect for the sanctity of human life.”

In fact, the bill would not actually prevent federal taxpayer dollars from funding abortion because the Hyde Amendment has already done that for more than three decades.

Earlier this month, Democratic women lawmakers protested the bill in the hallway outside its House Judiciary Committee hearing. They pointed out that it would raise health care costs for women, drive insurance companies to drop a previously noncontroversial medical benefit and financially penalize small businesses. They also took issue with the fact that an all-male group of Republicans was pushing the bill through the legislative process with very little input from women.

“H.R. 7 is a reflection of a majority that is out of touch with the American people and struggling to understand fundamental truths about reproductive health -- and we really mean struggle,” Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said on the floor of the House. “This extreme legislation was originally sponsored by a man, originated from a subcommittee composed of 13 men, and was passed out of the Judiciary Committee with the votes of 21 Republican men. This has been the problem for a long time -- men in blue suits and red ties determining what women can and should do when it comes to their own health.”

The bill is unlikely to go anywhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and the White House said Monday that President Barack Obama would veto it if it ever came to his desk.

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Martin January 29, 2014 at 03:37 PM
More ultra-right-wing crap from the old guy who hasn't lived in NJ for 31 years! Passage by the Tea Party old white men of the House of Reps means nothing. It's DOA in the 21st century. Why do sheeple keep re-electing this clown? He also wants women to keep earning 77 cents for each buck men earn for the same work.
Artist/Engineer February 01, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Yet another reason to vote this jerk out of office. Why he has remained so long in office is beyond me.
District 4 Coalition for Change February 01, 2014 at 08:44 AM
I think he has been able to win because of a lack of public awareness. He is entitled to his beliefs and there are people in this district that agree with Smith on his anti abortion stance. They know what he represents and they vote on single issues - that is their right. However, his values may not be the values of most of this constituency and his vote impacts us and the entire country. He has been given a responsibility by us and should be addressing our concerns in Congress. Our postings are to try to raise public awareness. We recently discovered that Chris Smith does not live in Dist 4 and has not for roughly 30 years. His children were raised in VA and received in state VA tuition. He has maintained a small residence here that he has rented ,up until recently, to fill his requirement to have a habitat in NJ to be our Congressman. It seems that he purchased the property within the last few election cycles because he was called out on it during an election. Rumor has it that he is in NJ less than 2 weeks a year. Hardly steps foot in the state. For some that might be ok. For some that is pretty outrageous.
Artist/Engineer February 01, 2014 at 09:13 AM
@ District 4 Coalition for Change: Do you have some contact information to learn more about your group?
Linda Saylor February 01, 2014 at 09:37 AM
And....we the tax payers will pay to raise un unwanted child. That costs a lot more than an abortion! Not to mention...another dysfunctional human being brought up by the system!
Jim Bridges February 01, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I wrote Smith suggesting he resign since he tends to vote lockstep with his Republican colleagues and no longer represents a district that has many seniors.
Registered Nurse February 01, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Why he keeps getting re-elected is beyond me. Are people in this state that stupid or just too lazy to educate themselves? Another right-wing nut who believes women are second class citizens. I find it amazing that he has the audacity to say he's from NJ but really spends the majority of time in another state. He is another example of what's wrong with government!
Mom23 February 01, 2014 at 10:28 AM
http://www.priestsforlife.org/resources/abortionimages/ If you are brave enough to see what a "pro-choice" vote looks like click on the link. If you say you are for laws that force people to pay for the killing of the unborn than see what your tax dollars can do. If you say you are "pro-choice" you should know what it means, " I am for the right to choose to kill the unborn"- that is what you are saying. You should force yourself to say it, stop saying your pro-choice and tell everyone what you really mean-"You are for the right to choose death for an unborn baby"
Scott Neuman February 02, 2014 at 09:31 AM
I'm running for Congress in 2014 in Chris' s district. Http://www scottneuman.com for more information.

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