In a recent op-ed in the Charlotte Observer, Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) asked, “Should your tax dollars subsidize the construction of abortion clinics?”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms agrees with Rep. Pittenger that the answer is “no.”
Rep. Pittenger’s op-ed explains that a loophole in federal law has allowed tax-exempt municipal bonds to “[subsidize] the construction of abortion clinics in Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts.” According to the Congressman, the federal government gives state and local governments a tax exemption on bonds used to finance infrastructure projects; when such bonds are used to finance the construction of an abortion clinic, that clinic “receives a lower interest rate, subsidized by the tax break.” Rep. Pittenger persuasively argues that abortion clinics are not infrastructure, and that they should not receive tax advantages from the federal government.
On October 25, 2017, Rep. Pittenger introduced H.R. 4131, the No Abortion Bonds Act. This bill would close the loophole that has allowed tax-exempt bonds to be used to finance the construction of abortion clinic. Specifically, the bill would remove the tax-exempt status “of any bond used to support abortion providers or abortion clinics.” The bill allows exemptions for facilities that perform abortions only in situations involving rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s life.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports the No Abortion Bonds Act for the same reasons that we support the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the removal of taxpayer funding for elective abortions through Obamacare. It isn’t just good public policy to deprive Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers of tax dollars; it’s a matter of life and death. Accordingly, NYCF has joined our allies at Family Policy Alliance and over thirty states in penning a letter to congress in support of the No Abortions Bonds Act.