Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sen. Portman Co-Sponsors Bill to Permanently Prohibit Federal Funding of Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (S. 906) to permanently prohibit federal funding of abortion. Currently, the policies that prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions are attached to appropriations bills that must be reauthorized annually. This is a piecemeal approach under which there’s a risk that the policies could be eliminated each year. This bill would make the policies permanent.

“I believe in the sanctity of life and am proud of my strong pro-life voting record throughout my service in Congress,” said Portman. “The sanctity of life is fundamental and universal, and I am fully committed to protecting it while serving in the U.S. Senate.”

Portman has had a strong pro-life record throughout his years of public service. As a member of the House of Representatives, he consistently voted to protect the unborn and received a 100% voting record from the National Right to Life. He was an original co-sponsor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and also supported the Child Custody Protection Act, the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, and the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, and voted to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions at hospitals on military bases.