Rep. Messer’s Effort to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers Becomes Law


President Donald Trump signed into law a legislative effort championed by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) that overturns an Obama regulation forcing states to distribute public tax dollars to abortion providers.

The Department of Health and Human Services rule, finalized just weeks before the end of former President Obama’s term, prevented states from withholding Title X “family planning” grants to facilities that provide abortion, like Planned Parenthood.

Messer co-sponsored H.J. Res 43, which reverses the rule and allows states, like Indiana, to make the judgement call not to direct public tax dollars to the abortion industry. Messer led this effort, authoring H.J. Res 39 – an identical bill – in January.

“Today is at victory for pro-life policy and for the majority of Americans who agree tax dollars should not fund abortions,” Messer said. “I commend President Trump for standing with Congress and states, and signing H.J. Res 43 into law. I will always fight for policies that defend life.”

Messer was a leader in the effort to repeal this rule, calling on Congress to make this a priority back in December 2016. He garnered broad support for the effort, including nearly 140 members of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as advocacy groups like March for Life, National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family and Indiana Right to Life.

“No state should be coerced into supporting the abortion industry. We applaud Rep. Messer’s efforts to stop the flow of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and any organization that profits from the destruction of innocent, human life,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.

H.J. Res 43 is now law.

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  1. Since it was already illegal for government monies to fund abortion this will accomplish little except ensure std rates will rise including HIV, breast cancers will go untreated, cervical cancer will increase. We, in Indiana, already witnessed the effects in Scottsburg where Planned Parenthood closed and an HIV epidemic occurred.
    I am always interested in those who claim abortion is a violation of Biblical teachings yet cannot point out in their Bible exactly where this violation exisits. Perhaps we should be more concerned about caring for those who do exist?

    • How many references in the Bible do you want, Saul? I can give you 10 from each of the Testaments if you’d like. If that’s not enough, give me 10 minutes and I’ll give you another 10. I know you’ll probably have to go to the library to get a Bible, but perhaps it will help you spiritually.


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