On Thursday, January 22, 2015, the House of Representatives voted to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. NewsWest 9 spoke with Texas Representative Mike Conaway, of District 11, to find out why he voted to pass this bill.
"It's a long held conviction of mine that taxpayer money should not be used to fund abortions. The pro-choice folks, if they think that's a good idea, then they should be the ones funding all of that activity. We shouldn't be using taxpayer money to do that," Conaway said.
A previous bill that almost passed would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy but it was canceled after concerns regarding the exemption of incest and rape victims.
"Every child regardless of how they were conceived should be protected in the womb. The safest place in the world should be in the womb. And the violence perpetrated on babies that is late term abortions, is heinous, and is not worthy of our society," Conaway said.
The Roe vs. Wade decision had given women the right to privacy and the choice whether or not to have an abortion.
"42 years, 57 million babies were murdered as a result of that (Roe vs. Wade). Think about that, our country has only 330 million of us right now. 57 million abortions have been performed in this country during that time frame, it's a big deal," Conaway said.
This legislation will prevent federal funds from being used to fund any abortion including those using tax credits from Obamacare that contain abortion coverage.