Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved budget legislation that does not include any language preventing the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion.
If signed into law, this would be the first time in over 40 years that a final congressional budget has not included such protections.
The most notable of the missing provisions is the Hyde Amendment. This long-held policy, which was passed with strong support from both political parties, prevents federal tax dollars from directly funding abortions in programs like Medicaid. The Hyde Amendment has been included in the budget every year since it first went into effect in 1976.
However, despite consistent polling showing that a strong majority of Americans oppose having their tax dollars pay for abortions, President Biden and congressional Democrats have been openly hostile to including the Hyde Amendment and its companion protections in the budget.
In fact, President Biden completely gutted the Hyde Amendment from his budget proposal earlier this year, despite openly supporting Hyde for decades as a U.S. Senator and Vice President, and even at the beginning of his 2020 presidential campaign.
So why the change of heart?
It’s simple: instead of listening to the American people, President Biden and congressional Democrats are catering to the abortion industry and its extreme activists.
Unfortunately, the Hyde Amendment is just one of several protections designed to prevent federal funding of abortion that are nowhere to be found in this year’s budget. Here are some of the other provisions that were not included in the budget:
1. The Smith Amendment would have prohibited federal employee health care plans from funding abortion.
2. The Weldon Amendment would have protected healthcare entities that do not want to cover or provide abortion services by ensuring they can’t be denied federal funding because of their beliefs.
3. The Dornan Amendment would have barred congressionally appropriated funds from paying for abortions in Washington, D.C.
4. The Helms Amendment would have ensured that international aid does not contribute to funding abortion as a method of family planning.
5. The Siljander Amendment would have prevented funding for lobbying for abortion overseas.
These are just a few of the ways that Congress has prohibited taxpayer funding of abortion in the past. And none of them have been included in the budget that is now before the full House of Representatives.
Government-compelled participation in abortion has no place in our country—an idea with which representatives from both sides of the aisle have historically agreed. While it is disappointing to see such a brazen attempt to wipe out bipartisan policies that support women and protect innocent life, it is imperative that we continue to fight to ensure that these commonsense measures preventing federal funding of abortion remain in place.
The Hyde Amendment alone has saved nearly 2.5 million lives since it was first passed; we must safeguard these life-saving policies.
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