PolitiFact Wisconsin: GOP tax bill banning Abortion?

Posted at 6:39 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 19:39:15-05

What's in a bill? A pro choice group says Republicans are trying to ban abortion in the GOP house tax bill.

PolitiFact Wisconsin puts that claim to the Truth O Meter.

Speaker Paul Ryan has been leading the Republican effort in the house to pass tax reform but is he trying to ban abortion in the same bill.

The group NARAL Pro Choice America claims: "House Republicans are quickly moving to pass a tax bill with divisive conception language by disguising it as a college savings plan. "
"This is another attempt to ban abortion and rob women of their reproductive rights. Leading the charge has been House Speaker Paul Ryan."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says there's a lot to unpack here.

"He (Speaker Ryan) clearly is the leader in terms of passing the tax bill," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The tax bill does contain language about opening a college savings account for an "unborn child."

Pro Life groups like it. Pro Choice groups oppose it

"It inserts language that says very explicitly you can start saving using these special, Edvest type of accounts for someone who is not yet born," said Borowski.

But - and this is a key point - PolitiFact Wisconsin says that language does not ban abortions.

"It doesn't make a difference in terms of the legal status of abortion in the United States by passing this measure," said Borowski.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim Half True. Meaning, NARAL's statement is partially accurate, but leaves out important details.