H.R. 3 (112th): No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Introduced:
Jan 20, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Passed House)
See Instead:

S. 906 (same title)
Referred to Committee — May 05, 2011

Sponsor
Christopher “Chris” Smith
Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
May 09, 2011
Length
16 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5939 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 29, 2010

S. 906 (Related)
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 05, 2011

 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 4, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

Progress
Introduced Jan 20, 2011
Referred to Committee Jan 20, 2011
Reported by Committee Mar 03, 2011
Passed House May 04, 2011
 
Full Title

To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.

Summary

No summaries available.

Votes
May 04, 2011 5:20 p.m.
Passed 251/175

Cosponsors
227 cosponsors (216R, 11D) (show)
Committees

House Energy and Commerce

Health

House Judiciary

The Constitution and Civil Justice

House Ways and Means

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Library of Congress Summary

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5/4/2011--Passed House amended.
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act -
Title I - Prohibiting Federally-Funded Abortions and Providing for Conscience Protections
Section 101 -
Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion.
Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.)
Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District.
Excludes from such prohibitions an abortion if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; or (2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician.
Makes such prohibitions applicable to District of Columbia funds.
Codifies the prohibition against a federal agency or program or any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance from subjecting any individual or health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.
Creates a cause of action for any violations of such provisions.
Gives federal courts jurisdiction to prevent and redress actual or threatened violations of such provisions by issuing any form of legal or equitable relief, including an injunction or order preventing the disbursement of all or a portion of federal financial assistance until the prohibited conduct has ceased.
Gives standing to institute an action to affected health care entities and the Attorney General. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive, investigate, and refer to the appropriate federal agency complaints alleging a violation of such provisions.
Title II - Elimination of Certain Tax Benefits Relating to Abortion
Section 201 -
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to disqualify, for purposes of the tax deduction for medical expenses, any amounts paid for an abortion.
Section 202 -
Excludes from the definition of "qualified health plan" after December 31, 2013, for purposes of the refundable tax credit for premium assistance for such plans, any plan that includes coverage for abortion.
Section 203 -
Excludes from the definitions of "qualified health plan" and "health insurance coverage," for purposes of the tax credit for small employer health insurance expenses, any health plan or benefit that includes coverage for abortions.
Section 204 -
Includes any reimbursements or distributions to pay for an abortion in the gross income of participants in flexible spending arrangements under a tax-exempt cafeteria plan, Archer Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs), and health savings accounts (HSAs).
Exempts from the application of this title: (1) abortions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or in cases where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would, as certified by a physician, endanger her life if an abortion were not performed; and (2) the treatment of any infection, injury, disease, or disorder that was caused by or exacerbated by the performance of an abortion.

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