Today, the House passed HR7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” I can’t say I’m surprised; derailing reproductive justice is what the House does.
HR 7 underwent several last-minute changes before proceeding to a full House vote. Lawmakers removed a controversial provision that would have eliminated tax breaks for women who choose to have abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. That proposed policy sparked considerable outrage after reproductive rights advocates pointed out it ultimately would have required the IRS to conduct audits of rape victims.
Even without the “rape audit” clause, HR7 is still dangerous. It undermines women’s access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare via a complicated system of tax code penalties and bans on abortion coverage through plans in the ACA’s new marketplace and Medicaid.
It’s up to the Senate now to strike down HR7. CONTACT YOUR SENATORS and demand they reject this latest attack on women.