Gingrich Voted For Omnibus Spending Bill That Allowed State Governments To Refuse To Pay For Abortions For Poor Women Who Became Pregnant As The Result Of Rape Or Incest.
According to the Boston Globe, “The House approved a spending bill to keep the government working until the end of the fiscal year in September. But the bill contains language that allows state governments to refuse to pay for abortions for poor women who become pregnant as the result of rape or incest.” Gingrich voted for the bill. [Vote 55, 3/7/96; Boston Globe, 3/9/96]
While Ginigrch Was Speaker, A Large Majority Of House Republicans Voted Against An Amendment To Strike Language That Would Allow States To Refuse To Pay For Abortions For Pregnancies Resulting From Rape And Incest.
The majority ofHouse Republicans voted against an amendment, 183-49, “to strike the provisions in the bill which would permit individual states to determine whether to use Medicaid funds to pay for abortions in cases of rape or incest. The effect of the amendment would be to maintain current law, which requires states to make Medicaid funds available for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the patient.” Gingrich did not vote. [Vote 51, 3/7/96; H. AMDT.946, 3/7/96]
While Gingrich Was Speaker, A Large Majority Of House Republicans Voted To Deny Privately-Funded Abortion Services To Victims Of Rape At Overseas Military Medical Facilities.
House Republicans voted 183-44 for an amendment that according to the Omaha World Herald, “would prohibit overseas U.S. military medical facilities from performing privately-funded abortions. The amendment would allow exceptions to save the life of the mother, but not in cases of rape and incest.” Gingrich did not vote. [Vote 642, 9/7/95; H.AMDT.752, 9/7/95; Omaha World Herald, 9/10/95]