There have been a number of laws passed since the 1970s to close the loopholes allowing federal funds to cover abortion procedures. National surveys indicate most Americans are against using tax dollars to pay for abortions.
A Marist poll conducted with the Knights of Columbus found that 58 percent of the respondents opposed the use of federal funds.
A poll conducted by CNN revealed that 61 percent of people in the survey were against funding abortions with public funds.
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According to Town Hall, a March 2014 CNN
poll showed 58 percent of Americans were against legal abortions, no matter how they were paid for, while just 40 percent said abortion services should be legal.
Along with pro-life supporters, many pro-choice people also don't believe in using taxpayer dollars for abortion services. Elected officials continue to adopt measures to satisfy these people's concerns.
Here are three reasons your tax dollars are not paying for abortions:
The Hyde Amendment of 1976 prohibited the use of tax dollars through Medicaid funds to pay for abortions except in cases involving rape or incest or where the mother's life was in danger.
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The Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2013 was passed to amend the original Obamacare act that allowed abortion coverage through private health insurance exchanges.
This act requires every insurance plan participating in Obamacare health insurance exchanges to clearly indicate whether or not it covers abortion. The act enables consumers to choose a health insurance provider that suits their personal preferences, as well as medical needs.
People covered in health insurance plans and receiving federal subsidies for their coverage must also use personal funds to pay for abortions.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014 tightened restrictions on federal funding. It makes permanent the prohibition on the use of federal funds from Medicaid for abortion except in the limited cases established in the Hyde amendment, reports Politico.
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