Shimkus Cosponsors Pro-Life Bills

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Published on June 8 2013 12:53 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is announcing his co-sponsorship of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR 7), which was introduced last month by Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey.

“As a Christian who is 100 percent pro-life, I am saddened by the destruction of human life that continues in our country,” Shimkus said.  “While we cannot outlaw abortion due to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, we certainly should not spend taxpayer funds on it.”

This legislation would establish a government-wide ban on abortion funding that is currently put on in the annual appropriations process, including the Hyde amendment, Helms amendment, Smith amendment, and Dornan amendment.  Those amendments ban abortion funding in various government agencies or programs.

Shimkus is also a cosponsor of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HR 940) introduced by Congresswoman Diane Black of Tennessee.  This legislation would exempt individuals and health care organizations from the Obamacare mandate to have abortion coverage in insurance or to perform abortions in facilities.  There could also be no penalty for opting out of abortion coverage.

Additional pro-life legislation that Shimkus is co-sponsoring includes:

+ Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (HR 732) – prohibits transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of an abortion.

+ Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (HR 217) – prohibits family planning funding to organizations that provide abortions.