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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Congressman Black Leads Debate In Support of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

January 24, 2017
Press Release


To watch Congressman Black’s remarks, click HERE or the image above  

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised the House passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Congressman Black was an original cosponsor of the legislation and managed floor debate on behalf of House Republicans in support of the bill. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act passed by a bipartisan vote of 238 to 183.

To see a video of  Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor in support of the legislation, click HERE. A full transcript is provided below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and I thank the gentleman from New Jersey, Mr. Chris Smith, for his unflinching leadership on this issue.

It was just last week that groups of women marched in the streets of D.C. and other cities across the country; apparently ready to write off this Presidency as it’s just begun. But there were millions of pro-life women who were explicitly told they were unwelcome at this event.

So today, the People’s House is giving them – and the more than 60 percent of Americans from all political persuasions who oppose taxpayer funding of abortion – a voice.

The legislation before us will protect Americans’ conscience rights by ensuring their hard-earned tax dollars are not used to fund the destruction of innocent life.

That is a principle that members of both parties have supported before.

Every year, Democrats and Republicans alike have come together to support funding bills that maintain a law called the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the direct federal funding of abortion with limited exceptions.

This 40 year old law has saved an estimated 2 million lives, but it is not permanent – meaning that this time-honored protection could be taken away on a whim. What’s more, the law, in its current form, has clear loopholes.

A 2014 GAO study found that taxpayer funded insurance subsidies could be used to pay for abortions on over 1,000 Obamacare plans nationwide.

That is why, today, we have an opportunity to make this life-affirming law permanent and government wide. 

As a mother, a grandmother, and a nurse for more than 40 years, this measure is especially meaningful to me.

During my years in the health care industry, I saw the joy in young parents’ eyes when they met their newborn child for the first time. I held the hands of grieving spouses and children as they said their final goodbyes to a loved one. And, sadly, I witnessed a young woman lose her life due to the effects of a botched abortion. 

These experiences informed my view that all life is a precious gift from God. I pray that, in time, this truth will be reflected in our nation’s laws. But until then, can’t we at least do this much?

I urge a yes vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and I reserve the balance of my time.

NOTE: Congressman Black also spoke earlier today during debate on House Resolution 55, the rule providing for consideration of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. To watch these remarks, click HERE.


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.