Roby Applauds Strong Pro-Life Language in Health and Human Services Funding Bill

July 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, today applauded yesterday’s full Appropriations Committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor-HHS funding bill. The bill includes important, longstanding pro-life policies and implements additional policy riders to defend life.

Representative Roby released the following statement upon passage:

“I’m proud that the full Appropriations Committee has approved our Labor-HHS funding bill and all of its strong pro-lifelanguage that I have fought for every year. Every single one of these measures is critically important and ensure that no taxpayer funds can be used for abortions. This bill is a step towards continuing our efforts to assign greater protections for life under the law.”

The FY19 Labor-HHS funding bill maintains key pro-life provisions, including the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer dollars from being used for abortions, and the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which bans Labor-HHS funding from being used on research that harms human embryos. This funding bill also has several other important pro-life provisions, including:  

·      The Conscience Protection Act, which protects the rights of health care providers that do not participate in abortion

·      Language to prohibit funding for fetal tissue research obtained from abortion, which is a response to the 2015 scandal that revealed how Planned Parenthood officials were systematically altering abortion procedures in order to preserve fetal organs and sell them to researchers.

·      Language to prohibit abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving any available funding, including through Title X family grants. Representative Roby strongly supports the Trump Administration’s “Protect Life Rule,” and this language reinforces those pro-life efforts.

The bill now awaits further consideration by the full House.