Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana

House Passes Rep. Messer’s Effort to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

Feb 16, 2017
Press Release

House Passes Rep. Messer’s Effort to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON (Thursday,  Feb. 16, 2017) — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a legislative effort championed by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) that would overturn an Obama regulation forcing states to distribute public tax dollars to abortion providers.

The Department of Health and Human Services rule, finalized just weeks before the end of former President Obama’s term, prevented states from withholding Title X “family planning” grants to facilities that provide abortion, like Planned Parenthood.

Messer authored H.J. Res 39 and co-sponsored H.J. Res 43, two identical bills that would reverse the rule and allow states, like Indiana, to make the judgement call not to direct public tax dollars to the abortion industry. H.J. Res 43 passed the House today.

“A majority of Americans agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund abortion, and yet former President Obama continued to find ways to ignore this consensus and impose his will on the people,” Messer said. “Today Congress stood up for states and citizens, ensuring these sensitive decisions are made by them and not dictated by Washington. I will continue to fight for states’ rights as well as policies that protect life.”

Messer was a leader in the effort to repeal this rule, calling on Congress to make this a priority back in December.  He garnered broad support for the effort, including nearly 140 members of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as advocacy groups like March for Life, National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family and Indiana Right to Life.

“No state should be coerced into supporting the abortion industry. We applaud Rep. Messer’s efforts to stop the flow of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and any organization that profits from the destruction of innocent, human life,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.

H.J. Res 43 must now pass the Senate to be sent to the President’s desk and become law.