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H.R. 219: No Abortion Bonds Act

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About the bill

Should tax-free bonds be used to help build abortion clinics?


Since 1976, a legislative provision called the Hyde Amendment has prevented federal dollars from being used to provide abortions. It has routinely been extended under Republican, Democratic, and divided Congresses. (Since 1994, three narrow exceptions have been permitted: for cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake.)

However, a loophole has allowed federal dollars to be used to provide “abortion services,” even if not technically funding the actual medical procedure itself.

What the bill does

The No Abortion Bonds Act would discontinue federal tax-exempt bonds from being used to fund abortion clinics. Specifically, it would remove the tax-exempt status of any such bond.

It was introduced as bill H.R. 219 by Rep ...

Sponsor and status

Jason Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Missouri's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jan 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 3, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 3, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 3, 2019

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H.R. 219 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 219. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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