Abortion rights take a hit

Congressman Doug LaMalfa touts his vote for anti-abortion legislation

North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) sent out a press release Tuesday (Jan. 24) touting his latest vote—for House Resolution 7, which prohibits federal dollars from funding abortion services.

“Today, I was proud to join with my fellow men and women of the House to ensure that Americans are never forced to pay for abortions with their tax dollars,” LaMalfa (pictured) said in his statement. The conservative representative is known to repeat the unfounded notion that Planned Parenthood “sells baby parts.”

HR 7, aka the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, makes permanent the Hyde Amendment, passed in the 1970s, which says federal money can’t be used to fund abortions. In addition, it amends the Affordable Care Act to disallow premium tax credits on plans that cover abortion services.