Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana

Rep. Messer Files Legislation to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

Jan 30, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Messer Files Legislation to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON (Monday,  Jan. 30, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) filed legislation today to overturn a midnight regulation pushed through in the waning days of Obama’s administration that would force states to distribute public tax dollars to abortion providers.

The Department of Health and Human Services rule would prevent states from withholding Title X “family planning” grants to facilities that provide abortion, like Planned Parenthood.

Messer’s resolution of disapproval filed today, H.J.Res. 39, would reverse the Department of Health and Human Services rule under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress 60 days to reject proposed federal agency rules.

“This rule was one of several last-ditch attempts by former President Obama to ignore the will of the people and ramrod his agenda through before leaving office,” Messer said. “Congress now has the opportunity to reverse these damaging actions, restore states’ rights, and defend those who do not want public tax dollars to support the abortion industry.”

Messer’s resolution of disapproval is sponsored by at least 133 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including several members of the Indiana delegation – Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03), Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09), Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02).

The legislation also has support from several advocacy groups including March for Life, National Right to Life, Indiana Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Alliance Defending Freedom and Focus on the Family.

“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.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (H.R. 7).

H.R. 7 applies the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funded abortions, uniformly across federal programs, including Obamacare.

“A majority of Americans – more than 60 percent – agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund abortion,” Messer said. “H.R. 7 affirms this sound policy decision as the law of the land by making the Hyde Amendment permanent and government wide. I will continue to fight for policy that protects people’s deeply held convictions on this issue and upholds the sanctity of life.”