House passes H.R. 7 to eliminate tax credits for businesses that provide health plans with abortion coverage

The Republican-majority House last week approved H.R. 7 to eliminate tax credits for small business that purchase health plans that cover abortion services. 

H.R. 7 was supported by 221 Republicans and 6 Democrats. 187 Democrats and one Republican – Rep. Richard Hanna of New York – voted against the bill.

Read more: List of 227 members of Congress who voted for H.R. 7 to prohibit federal funds for abortions & eliminate tax credits for small businesses that purchase insurance plans that cover abortion

“Taxpayers do not currently fund abortions, and this legislation would do nothing more than make it difficult for private businesses to provide adequate health care for their workers…and generally block poor women from accessing safe and legal abortions,” said Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Washington).

McDermott warns that the bill takes away important choices women have to control their health care.

Just a few hours after the bill’s passage, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) proclaimed in her response to the State of the Union address that “Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s”.

Women’s rights and pro-choice advocates, such as NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the Republicans’ hypocrisy “outrageous”.

“The heart of this debate is a simple question about does women’s health count? Do women deserve comprehensive health care or are they some kind of submissive person who hangs around the house and we tell them what to do? Are their health care needs real? And does 51% of our population deserve control over their own health decisions or are they special exceptions who need to be taken care of because they can’t decide for themselves? Do they have a right to make health decisions for themselves? Does Congress have a right to stigmatize a safe legal procedure?” said McDermott. “Women’s health care is health care. It is not Congress’s job to stigmatize legal medical procedures and punish women who use them…This bill is insulting to women.”

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