On August 3, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to look into using taxpayer dollars to finance out-of-state abortions. Pursuing a similar end, several House Democrats have proposed a new federal grant program to subsidize patients who wish to travel to another state to abort their children.
Democrat Reps. Marilyn Strickland (Wash.), Lizzie Fletcher (Texas), and Cori Bush (Mo.) — among the 18 members of Congress arrested during the same July 19 pro-abortion protest from which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was “led away in invisible handcuffs” — introduced the bill (H.R. 8542) on July 20. It is intended to accompany the “Ensuring Access to Abortion Act” passed by the House earlier in the month, which claims to “safeguard the right to travel across state lines for abortion in federal law, by precluding state laws that prohibit it.”
If passed, the Democrats' new bill, entitled the “Reproductive Health Travel Fund Act of 2022,” would authorize grants to “eligible entities to pay for travel-related expenses and logistical support for individuals with respect to accessing abortion services, and for other purposes” for fiscal years 2023 through 2027.