Brad Ellsworth on Abortion

Last Updated : Jul 13, 2010


Congressman Ellsworth declares that he is pro-life and that he opposes the use of federal funds for elective abortions. However, during the 2009 health care reform debate, he proposed an amendment which would have allowed federal funding for abortions after the money passed through a private entity.


The Ellsworth Amendment

During the debate over the 2009 health care reform legislation, a plan was floated by Congressman Ellsworth to attempt to win over the support of pro-life Democrats by ensuring that public funds would not go to abortions. The plan that Congressman Ellsworth put forth was to place a private contractor between the dispersing of funds from the government and the reception of funds by the abortion provider. Specifically, the amendment reads:

The plan was almost immediately put down as not solving the fundamental problem of using public funds for abortions. Catholic bishops opposed the plan and called it a shell game. In a memo from the Pro-Life Activities at the USCCB, the bishops said the following:


Press Statement - Federal funding for abortions

In March of 2009, after President Obama signed a pledge not to fund abortions with public funds, Congressman Ellsworth released the following statement concerning his views on abortion and federal funding.


Campaign Website Statements



Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5939; No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits: (1) the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law for any abortion or for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion; (2) any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan (including premium assistance) that includes coverage of abortion; and (3) the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 634; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.


[1] Website: Article: Catholic Bishops: Proposed Amendment to Health Care Bill Creates ‘Money-Laundering System’ for Fundi Author: Matt Cover Accessed on: 07/13/2010

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