A group of Senate conservatives hope to block a plan by the Biden administration to transport illegal aliens across state lines to get abortions at taxpayer expense.
U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D.’s No Taxpayer Funds for Illegal Alien Abortions Act would “prohibit any employee or contractor with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) from transporting any illegal immigrant across state lines for the purpose of procuring an abortion.”
The bill, S.4770, would also prohibit ICE or HHS to require any person to perform, facilitate, or pay for an abortion except to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest.
The bill comes amid plans by the Biden administration to traffick illegal aliens over state lines to procure abortions at taxpayer expense to avoid abortion regulations allowed under the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs v. Jackson ruling allowing states to set their own abortion laws.
Such a scheme would likely be illegal under federal laws prohibiting the use of federal taxpayer dollars to directly provide abortions.
“We’ve seen President Biden and his cabinet secretaries repeatedly abuse their power to enact a radical agenda that is failing the American people. The deterioration of our country will not stop unless Congress acts to put a check on this far left administration,” said Marshall.
“The Biden administration’s willingness to act outside the law makes this legislation necessary. The Hyde Amendment restricts the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. Whether it be ICE personnel or any other executive branch employee, spending American tax dollars to escort illegal immigrants across state lines for abortions is a clear violation of the law. It must be stopped,” said Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
“Abortion is wrong, and American taxpayers should never have to pay for it, whether for citizens or illegal immigrants,” said Senator Roger Wicker. “I am proud to stand with my fellow pro-life legislators to protect the sanctity of all human life.”
Marshall’s is backed by grassroots conservatives groups such as the Family Research Council and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.
“For 45 years federal law has maintained the principle that taxpayer funds should not be used to subsidize abortion at home and abroad. Thanks to Senator Marshall for carrying this principle forward to ensure that our taxpayer funds are not used to pay for abortions or abortion travel for any detainees in U.S. custody,” said Connor Semelsberger, Director of Federal Affairs for Life and Human Dignity, Family Research Council
“With over 25 years of experience as an OB-GYN, Senator Marshall understands there are two patients in every pregnancy – mother and unborn child. As Americans we stand for life regardless of social status and we know both deserve protection from the horror of abortion,” said Marilyn Musgrave, SBA Pro-Life America’s vice president of government affairs. “Many women and girls who make the perilous journey to the United States suffer trauma, including human trafficking, only to be shamefully exploited by the abortion industry under the Biden-Harris administration. We thank Senator Marshall and his colleagues for introducing this compassionate bill to safeguard women and children against the radical abortion-on-demand agenda.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mike Braun (IN), Steve Daines (MT), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), James Inhofe (OK), James Lankford (OK), Mike Lee (UT), Rick Scott (FL), and Roger Wicker (MS).
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