1976 Scorecard Vote
(H.R. 14232) Labor and HEW Appropriations: The vote is on the Bayh motion urging that the Senate insist on its own language regarding abortions and refuse to give in to the House. The House language said that none of the money in the bill could be used to pay for or encourage abortions, not even where necessary to save the life or preserve the health of the mother. This denial of federal funds would simply deprive poor women of the right to choose that rich women already enjoy. A federal population Commission has stressed the need for broad public access to abortions in order to prevent unwanted children and slow down population growth. Environmentalists agree because overpopulation hastens the depletion of natural resources and is a root cause of nearly all environmental problems. August 25, 1976. Passed 53-35. The correct vote is yes.