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H.R. 8378 (117th): Protect S.T.A.T.E. Lines Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 14, 2022 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Should the federal government be in the business of giving money to people to travel across state lines for an abortion?


Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states have begun to restrict or outlaw abortion. In states where abortion is illegal or severely restricted, though, people can still travel to other states to obtain the procedure.

For now, at least. Some red state politicians are trying to ban their residents from traveling out of state for an abortion, though no state has actually passed such a law yet.

If any state does, it would surely be subject to a lawsuit, which would almost …



2d Session

H. R. 8378


July 14, 2022

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To prohibit the use of Federal funds for travel expenses of any individual traveling across State lines for purposes of having an abortion, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protect Statutory Termination of Abortions from Taxpayer-funded Excursions Lines Act or the Protect S.T.A.T.E. Lines Act.


Prohibition on use of Federal funds for travel expenses of individuals crossing State lines for an abortion


In general

No Federal funds may be obligated or expended for the travel expenses of any individual traveling across State lines for purposes of having an abortion. In this subsection, the term State means any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and any territory or possession of the United States.



The limitation in subsection (a) shall not apply to any travel expenses—


if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or


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