Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released this statement following the passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (H.R. 7) by a vote of 238-183.

Chairman Goodlatte: “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act codifies the most bipartisan, longstanding pro-life proposal, the Hyde Amendment, and frees taxpayers from subsidizing the egregious practice of abortion or insurance coverage that includes abortion.

“Over the last forty years it is estimated that millions of lives have been saved thanks to the Hyde Amendment.  We must continue to speak for the defenseless and protect their fundamental human right to be born into this world.

“Along with this legislation, the Executive Order signed this week by President Trump to prohibit federal funding of abortion services overseas is a clear sign that Republicans are serious about protecting the unborn.”

Background: H.R. 7 codifies the two core principles of the Hyde Amendment throughout the operations of the federal government: a ban on federal funding for abortions and a ban on the use of federal funds for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.