Miss. Senator Highlights Legislation She Backs to Protect Life, Block Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Services

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on 46th Annual March for Life

VIDEO:  Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on 46th Annual March for Life.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today praised pro-life advocates in advance of the March for Life on Friday, and highlighted the legislation she has thrown her support behind to further protect life and restrict the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion services.
This year marks the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortions.
“Over the past 46 years, millions of people have joined the March for Life to advocate for the lives of the unborn and to end abortion,” Hyde-Smith said.  “Their leadership and drive is what we need to expand the pro-life agenda.  This year, I’ve already cosponsored a series of bills and signed letters to the Trump administration to strengthen federal pro-life policies.  I am truly proud of the March for Life as it raises awareness of the sanctity of life.”
“As the new Congress moves forward, I will continue to support pro-life policies and reject attempts to undermine them,” she said.
Hyde-Smith, a member of the Senate Values Action Team, has signed on the following pro-life bills in the first days of the 116th Congress:
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – To expand the scope of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002, which made it a crime to injure or kill a baby born alive during an abortion, by requiring health care practitioners to provide appropriate care to babies born alive during an abortion procedures.
Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act – To prohibit Title X Family Planning Program funds from being used to subsidize abortions.  The bill would codify Trump administration’s efforts to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and instead redirect Title X funds to community health clinics.  (Earlier this month, Hyde-Smith led a group of Senators in a letter that encouraged the Trump administration to move forward with a final rule that would ensure pro-life consumers enrolled in Obamacare health plans aren’t subsidizing abortion services.)
Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act – To prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, its affiliates or successor organizations, while protecting funding for health services for women, including cervical and breast cancer screenings, diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, and more.
Conscience Protection Act – To prevent any federal, state, or local government from penalizing or discriminating against a health care provider (physicians, nurses, insurance plans, etc.) if the provider does not participate in the highly controversial practice of abortion.
Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act – To make it a crime to knowingly transport a minor to another state to obtain an abortion without satisfying a parental involvement law in the minor's resident state. It would also make it a crime for a physician to knowingly perform or induce an abortion on an out-of-state minor without first complying with parental notification requirements, subject to specified exceptions.
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – To make it illegal for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion without first making a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child.  At the age of 20 weeks post-fertilization, scientific evidence tells us that an unborn child can feel pain. Anesthesia is administered directly to the unborn child in second-trimester fetal surgery, because otherwise the baby recoils from the surgical instruments due to this pain.
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act – To establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.  A permanent prohibition would eliminate the need for annual congressional approval of a series of policies, like the Hyde Amendment.  The bill also requires that all plans offered by Obamacare exchanges disclose whether a plan includes coverage of elective abortion procedures, as well as the abortion surcharge embedded into abortion-covering plans.