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H.R. 219 (116th): 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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 3, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


83 Cosponsors (83 Republicans)



Jan 3, 2019

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H.R. 219 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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