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H.R. 493 (113th): Homeland Security Respect for Life Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 5, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 493


February 5, 2013

(for himself, Mrs. Hartzler, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Fincher, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Jones, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Latta, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Kelly, and Mr. Boustany) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To prohibit funds appropriated for the Department of Homeland Security from being used to pay for an abortion, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Homeland Security Respect for Life Act .


Prohibition on expenditure of Federal funds by Secretary of Homeland Security


In general

None of the funds appropriated for the Department of Homeland Security under any Federal law shall be available to pay for any abortion, except—


in a case where a pregnant detainee suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant detainee in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by, or arising from, pregnancy itself, or in a case of rape or incest; and


that if this subsection is declared unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, this subsection shall be null and void.


No person required To perform services

None of the funds appropriated for the Department of Homeland Security under any Federal law shall be used to require any person to perform, or facilitate in any way the performance of, any abortion.



Nothing in subsection (b) shall remove any legal obligation the Secretary of Homeland Security may have to provide escort services necessary for a pregnant detainee to receive such service outside a Federal detention facility, except that nothing in this subsection in any way diminishes the effect of subsection (b) in upholding the right of any individual to refrain from involvement in abortion.