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In the House Ways & Means Committee — the tax code writing body for the House — Republicans who control the committee are pushing tax code modifications that would prevent taxpayers from deducting the cost of abortions as well as stop small business and taxpayers form using tax credits in the new health care law to provide or pay for insurance policies covering the procedure.
Current law already prohibits the use of federal funding for abortions. An emotional debate over abortion almost sank the health care bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The GOP-controlled House tried to repeal the health care law but it stalled in the Democratically-controlled Senate so they are now trying to dismantle it piece-by-piece. While the effort to curb tax breaks to pay for abortion will probably pass the House, it stands little chance for passage in the Senate as long as that body remains under the control of Democrats.
The abortion battle is also being fought at the state front where Indiana Republicans are forcing one of the nation’s most restrictive laws on women and elimination of choice.