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House Passes "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" 251 to 175 (Corrected)

4:43 PM, May 4, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The House of Representatives voted today on the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," which bans direct federal funding of elective abortions and federal funding of insurance policies that cover elective abortions, such as policies that will be offered by Obamacare's exchanges in a few short years. The final tally was 251 to 175. Sixteen Democrats broke from their party to vote in favor of the bill. There weren't any Republicans who voted "no."

Update: Here's the roll call. Five Republicans, all of whom are pro-life, did not vote, so the overall tally could have been higher. The 16 Democrats who sided with Republicans: 

Altmire (PA)

Boren (OK)

Costello (IL)

Critz (PA)

Cuellar (TX)

Donnelly (IN)

Holden (PA)

Kaptur (OH)

Kildee (MI)

Lipinski (IL)

Matheson (UT)

McIntyre (NC)

Peterson (MN)

Rahall (WV)

Ross (AR)

Shuler (NC)

Overall, this is a marginal improvement for the pro-life side compared to the recent vote to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood. On that vote, 7 Republicans broke with their party; 10 Democrats sided with the pro-lifers and the majority of Republicans.

The Planned Parenthood vote was more complicated than today's vote since subsidies to Planned Parenthood are ever-so-technically spent on non-abortion services such as contraception.

Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly oppose federal funding of abortion or allowing federally subsidized insurance plans to cover abortions. 

Correction: This post originally reported that the bill passed 243 to 177, but that was a procedural vote on the bill, not the bill itself.

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