Olson Acts to Protect the Unborn
Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today reintroduced his pro-life legislation in conjunction with the 42nd annual March for Life rally in Washington DC. Olsonâ€™s bill, H.R. 489, the Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2015, requires states to report how Medicaid funds are spent on organizations that perform, promote, or refer for abortion services. It also requires an annual report to specified congressional committees on such reports, which shall also be published on a public federal healthcare website.
â€œAs a staunch defender of the unborn, I believe that life begins at conception and every life has a soul,â€ Rep. Olson said. â€œA majority of Americans believe that abortions are wrong, yet taxpayer dollars continue to be allocated to organizations that promote and perform abortions. My bill brings needed transparency to the federal funding process by ensuring that state funds allocated to abortion organizations through Medicaid are known to the public. I will continue to do all I can to prevent taxpayers from being forced to support abortion organization. Greater transparency is critically important and precisely what these groups seek to avoid.â€
Olson & young pro-life activists at #MarchforLife2015
Olson also voted today to prohibit federal funding of elective abortions under any circumstances. The legislation, H.R. 7, bans federal funding of elective abortions and codifies two core principles of the Hyde Amendment. It also includes a ban on the use of federal funds for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. The bill passed by a vote of 242-179.
In 2010, Olson requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit to clarify how much taxpayer money abortion providers receive. Sadly, the report concluded that these groups received close to $1 billion in taxpayer funding over an 8-year period. In 2013, Olson requested an updated report to provide updated information and hopes to get an updated report soon.
Olson's bill, H.R. 489 has six original cosponsors - Reps. Pete Sessions (TX), Walter Jones (NC), Martha Roby (AL), Alan Nunnelee (MS), Kevin Brady (TX) and Steve Pearce (NM).
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