U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement after the Senate voted on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 

"Our pro-life cause is about protecting babies, supporting women, and respecting science,” said Senator Sasse. “Being pro-life means that we want to encourage life-affirming health providers, not the abortion business. I co-sponsored this legislation because it’s a respectful and common-sense approach that ensures our taxpayer dollars don’t pay for abortions. I’m sad that the vote fell short today, but I’m not discouraged ? our pro-life cause is winning across the country not because of Washington’s politics, but because millions of pro-life Americans are winning hearts by speaking the truth with love and respect." 

Background: 

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, co-sponsored by Senator Sasse, would establish a government-wide statutory prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage.

While the bipartisan Hyde amendment and other pro-life policies have been a part of federal law for more than 30 years, these approaches have been temporary, limited, and could be eliminated at any time. This legislation is designed to make sure that restrictions on abortion funding are broad and permanent.