Jason Altmire on Abortion
Congressman Altmire is pro-life. In a 2010 interview, he asserted that he was pro-life and opposed tax-payer funds from being used to provide abortions. However, Congressman Altmire voted against a 2011 provision to strip Planned Parenthood - the largest provider of abortions - of funding. In 2012, Congressman Altmire sent a mailer to his district in which he stated that there was a war being waged by political extremists who intend to treat women as second class citizens by cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood.
The Stupak Amendment
In March of 2010, Congressman Altmire appeared on CSPAN and discussed the health care reform legislation. During the discussion, he stated that he was pro-life and that he opposed tax payer funding for abortions. He also states that the Senate version does not provide for funding for abortions.
ALTMIRE: I am pro-lifer. I voted for the Stupak amendment and I’m not going to support a final bill that allows one penny of tax payer funding to be used for abortion. There is no question, the Stupak amendment was air tight. It was much cleaner and it was something that you could not dispute at all. The Senate bill is worded awkwardly, it is not written in a good way. But I am not convinced that it allows taxpayer funding of abortions. It doesn’t go as far as Stupak clearly it’s not as air tight as Stupak….I still haven’t seen good evidence that the Senate language, as is, allows a taxpayer funding for abortion. It could be worded better and less awkwardly, but I don’t know if there is even an indirect abortion funding in it.
The political war being waged by extremists treats women as second-class citizens. Its consequences are alarming: a woman's ability to obtain cancer screenings, birth control, and pap smears is at risk.
That's why I stood up to extremists and voted against their plan to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. The services it provides are too important to women in tough economic times.
Every time our daughters hear my voice in Congress, I want it to have a positive impact on their lives. I take this responsibility seriously and will continue to ensure your voice is heard in Congress.
Amendment - Planned Parenthood Funds
In February of 2011, the House passed an amendment to prevent the use of funds by Planned Parenthood. Jason Altmire voted against an amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.
Jason Altmire voted against an amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
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.