Members of the U.S. House today voted 242-179 to pass a measure, H.R. 7, that would make permanent a ban on federal funding of abortions.
The bill would affect funding of abortions both through government health plans and through the private plans sold through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange system.
See also: States restrict plans from abortion coverage.
The prohibition on federal funding for abortion services was first enacted in 1976 and has been renewed every year since then.
The Obama administration said President Obama will veto H.R. 7 if it reaches him because he believes it interferes with private health coverage purchasing decisions.