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PolitiFact: House tax bill contains language about unborn children, but is it an attempt to ban abortion?

  • President Donald Trump walks with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Nov. 16 as they leave a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill. AP



PolitiFact staff
Friday, November 24, 2017

NARAL Pro-Choice America said in an online popup ad on Nov. 15 that House Speaker Paul Ryan is leading the effort to “pass a tax bill with divisive conception language by disguising it as a college savings plan” in “another attempt to ban abortion and rob women of their reproductive rights.”

Our ruling

NARAL says Ryan is leading the effort to “pass a tax bill with divisive conception language by disguising it as a college savings plan” in “another attempt to ban abortion and rob women of their reproductive rights.”

Ryan is leading the effort to pass the tax bill. But while he supports the college savings plan provision, he hasn’t spoken out publicly to push that provision.

Conception language in the provision is divisive among anti-abortion and abortion-rights groups. And it is “disguised” in the sense that it inserts the concept of unborn children into federal law without making any material change to what are known as 529 college savings plans.

The provision would not, however, ban or even restrict abortion rights – although advocates fear that inserting unborn children language into federal law could be used to erode abortion rights in the future

NARAL’s statement is partially accurate, but leaves out important details – our definition of Half True.

To read the full fact check, go to politifact.com.