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OpinionIs the Hyde Amendment Safe After All?

17:50  13 june  2019
17:50  13 june  2019 Source:   nationalreview.com

The Hyde Amendment is saving (mostly nonwhite) lives

The Hyde Amendment is saving (mostly nonwhite) lives Repeal of the Hyde Amendment — the primary limitation on federal funding of abortion — would cost the lives of 60,000 unborn children every year. Many, if not most, will be nonwhite babies. For all the disputes over abortion data, this fact is not subject to serious disagreement. The proof is compelling, supported by arguments and statistics advanced by both sides of the debate.

In U.S. politics, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape.

I supported the Hyde Amendment like many, many others had because there was sufficient monies and circumstances where women were able to After the Supreme Court upheld the amendment in 1980 — ruling in Harris v. McRae that while the government could not prohibit abortion, it could use

Is the Hyde Amendment Safe After All?© Jordan Gale/Reuters Joe Biden speaks at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, June 11, 2019.

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Nearly four out of ten Democratic primary voters support the Hyde amendment, the ban on federal funding for elective abortions under Medicaid. But following Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s flip-flop last week, none of the twenty-plus Democrats running for president support the measure.

Biden 'misheard' ACLU activist's question about Hyde Amendment: campaign

Biden 'misheard' ACLU activist's question about Hyde Amendment: campaign Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign said on Wednesday that the 2020 frontrunner "misheard" a question that effectively fed speculation that he flip-flopped on his support for the Hyde Amendment, a law blocking federal funding for abortion. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); According to his campaign, Biden thought the woman was asking about the Mexico City policy -- a ban, revived by President Trump's administration, on international aid for groups that either promote or provide abortions.

The Hyde Amendment is a dangerous and unfair policy that lets politicians interfere in people’s personal health care decisions. While these are all different policies, the impact is the same: penalizing people seeking abortion, and forcing them to pay out-of-pocket in order to access safe

The fact that the Hyde amendment has survived Democratic congresses for the last four decades is no indication of what would happen the next time After Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in 2018, Ben Sasse had three words on his mind: Amy Coney Barrett. They’d been on his

Not to worry, columnist Bill Scher advises pro-lifers: “The Hyde Amendment Isn’t Going Anywhere.” Scher writes at RealClearPolitics: “Democratic presidential nominees always campaign on repealing the amendment, yet Democratic presidents never actually work toward repeal — because if they did, they would lose the fight.”

The Hyde amendment was first passed in 1976 by a Democratic-controlled Congress and signed into law by a Democratic president (Jimmy Carter), but the last two Democratic presidents who opposed the Hyde amendment (Bill Clinton and Barack Obama) did weaken the law governing taxpayer-funding of abortion. They did not repeal the Hyde amendment for a simple reason: They didn’t have the votes, despite strong Democratic congressional majorities.

Biden caves on the Hyde Amendment: what was the point of his candidacy?

Biden caves on the Hyde Amendment: what was the point of his candidacy? With his abandonment of the moderate view on abortion, he's ceding not only fertile voting territory but the thing that set him apart from a field of far-left progressives who don't represent a majority of Americans, writes SE Cupp. What's the point in that?

Ending the Hyde Amendment is a pretty orthodox thing for a mainstream Democrat these days. It essentially banned the use of federal funds for all but a small sliver of the abortions sought by people But the key to the Hyde Amendment is that it isn't permanent law. It applies only to the spending bill

The Hyde Amendment (Pub.L. 105-119, § 617, Nov. 26, 1997, 111 Stat. 2519, codified as a note following 18 U.S.C. § 3006A) is a federal statute allowing federal courts to award attorneys' fees and court costs to criminal defendants "where the court finds that the position of the United States was

The House, in 1993, strongly supported the Hyde amendment once exceptions for the cases of rape and incest were added. In 2009, 64 House Democrats voted for a measure to block taxpayer subsidies for Obamacare plans that cover elective abortion. (Obamacare ultimately became law with weaker language — taxpayer-subsidized plans would cover elective abortion unless a state outlawed abortion coverage. But Obamacare only passed with the support of self-described pro-life Democrats who pretended it didn’t expand taxpayer subsidies for abortion, and President Obama signed a meaningless executive order affirming that the Hyde amendment would still apply to Medicaid.)

But if Democrats gain control of Congress in 2021, they would very likely have majorities who oppose the Hyde amendment. In 2017, when the House voted to make the Hyde amendment permanent and apply it to Obamacare, only three Democrats supported it. When the Senate voted on that measure in January 2019, two Democrats voted for it (Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania), but two Republicans voted against it (Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska).

Analysis: Democrats on the defensive as abortion foes ask if party tolerates their views

Analysis: Democrats on the defensive as abortion foes ask if party tolerates their views “It’s not the same party anymore,” said former congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who battled for some abortion restrictions in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

What is the Hyde Amendment and why does Joe Biden support it? "We're glad that Joe Biden listened to the voices of millions of women and further clarified his position on the Hyde Amendment . Let's be clear, the Hyde Amendment discriminates against all women but particularly poor women

" The Hyde Amendment does not prevent organizations in the US that provide lifesaving health care services for women from receiving the federal Nearly all our presidential candidates recognize, as do a majority of American voters, that denying Medicaid insurance coverage of abortion can be the same

Even so, Scher argues, “if Democrats won a slim majority in the chamber, and that slim majority voted to junk the legislative filibuster (two very big ‘ifs’), with polls indicating weak support for public funding of abortions, enough purple state Democrats may refuse to go along.”

Now we get to the real issue. Would Senate Democrats kill the legislative filibuster or not? Scher is dubious, but it seems fairly likely if an energized Democratic party takes over Congress and finds out it can’t accomplish much. And even if the Senate doesn’t repeal the filibuster, could Senate Democrats still find a way to effectively fund abortion with a simple majority under budget reconciliation rules? The only person who knows the answer for sure is the Senate parliamentarian.

And if all it takes is a simple majority to kill the Hyde amendment, who are these purple-state Democrats who would save it? Where were they in January when the Senate blocked a bill making the Hyde amendment permanent? Is Tim Kaine, who tied himself in knots on the issue as Hillary Clinton’s running-mate, really going to be the decisive vote to save the Hyde amendment? Color me skeptical.

Elected Democrats, unlike Democratic voters, have become almost uniformly supportive of taxpayer-funding of abortion. The fact that the Hyde amendment has survived Democratic congresses for the last four decades is no indication of what would happen the next time Democrats gain complete control of government. The Hyde amendment is in real peril like never before.

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