No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2013 (S. 946)
This law was last updated on Oct 3, 2018
S. 946 would use the tax code to penalize individuals and small businesses for purchasing health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act that include coverage for abortion services, except in cases involving rape, incest, or life endangerment. The bill would deny small businesses a tax credit, which amounts to a tax hike on small businesses that include abortion services in their health plans. Eighty-seven percent of private plans include abortion services as part of comprehensive coverage, according to the Huffington Post.
The bill would also permanently prohibit the District of Columbia from using its locally generated tax revenue to provide abortion services to low-income women. (States can choose to fund such abortions, using their own taxing authority.) (Source.) In addition, the bill would block federal funds for abortions for women who are in the military.
The bill would make permanent the Hyde Amendment and related amendments (which already prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion), and deny Medicaid coverage for abortion, thus forcing one in four poor women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Title I: Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortions (Section 101)
S. 946 would prohibit the expenditure of federal funds for any abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services, except in cases involving rape, incest, or life endangerment.)
The bill would also prohibit federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion (thus making permanent existing federal policies).
The bill would prohibit the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District.
The bill would exclude an abortion from such prohibitions if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; or (2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician.
The bill applies such prohibitions to District of Columbia funds.
Title II: Elimination of Certain Tax Benefits Relating to Abortion
S. 946 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to disqualify, for purposes of the tax deduction for medical expenses, any amounts paid for an abortion.
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from the definition of “qualified health plan” after December 31, 2013, for purposes of the refundable tax credit for premium assistance for such plans, any plan that includes coverage for abortion.
The bill would exclude from the definition of “qualified health plan,” for purposes of the tax credit for small employer health insurance expenses, any health plan that includes coverage for abortions.
The bill would exempt from the application of such tax provisions: (1) abortions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or in cases where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would, as certified by a physician, endanger her life if an abortion were not performed; and (2) the treatment of any infection, injury, disease, or disorder that was caused by or exacerbated by the performance of an abortion.
The bill would include any reimbursements or distributions to pay for an abortion in the gross income of participants in flexible spending arrangements under a tax-exempt cafeteria plan, Archer Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs), and health savings accounts (HSAs).