Politics Without the Hyde Amendment, Our Tax Dollars Will Directly Fund Abortions | Opinion
Democrats' bid to remove the Hyde Amendment from proposed budget must be rejected
It is vital that pro-life protections, including the Hyde amendment and its companion amendments, are preserved in the budget. Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of Susan B. Anthony List and Ashley Hinson represents Iowa's first District.
For the first time in 40 years, the House Labor and Health and Human Services Subcommittee approved a spending bill that doesn't include the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment has ensured that our tax dollars do not directly fund abortions since 1980. Now, this key protection for pro-life Americans is in danger—and will likely not be renewed for the upcoming fiscal term.
Named after its original sponsor, Congressman Henry Hyde, the amendment has been included in every annual Health and Human Services appropriations bill for the last four decades. Prior to its inception, those appropriations bills paid for around 300,000 abortions annually through Medicaid.
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A federal judge blocked an Arkansas law that would ban nearly all abortions. © Provided by Washington Examiner U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued the preliminary injunction on Tuesday against the law set to go into effect on July 28. The state's Republican-led Legislature passed the bill, and GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed it into law in March. If the law were to go into effect, it would allow for abortions to be performed only to save the mother's life in a medical emergency. It does not provide exceptions for situations in which a woman is impregnated through rape or incest.
Adding insult to injury, the House subcommittee's new appropriations bill also abandons the Weldon Amendment, which ensures government agencies do not discriminate against any health care entity that doesn't want to pay for abortions. These two amendments represent the government's commitment to respect, at least to some extent, the deeply held beliefs of millions of pro-life Americans.
Lest anyone claim Hyde is one-sided and overly partisan, consider that until very recently, even Presidentsupported the measure.
During his time in the U.S., Mr. Biden wrote a letter to a constituent who implored, "Please don't force me to pay for abortions against my conscience."
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Baker called the law unconstitutional because it would ban nearly all abortions before a fetus is considered viable outside of the mother's womb.U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the law that was set to take effect on July 28 while she hears a challenge to its constitutionality. Baker called the law unconstitutional because it would ban nearly all abortions before a fetus is considered viable outside of the mother's womb.
Then-senator Biden responded, "I agree with you.... I will continue to abide by the same principle that has guided me throughout my 21 years in the Senate: those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them."
Biden then assured the concerned citizen, "The government should not tell those with strong convictions against abortion, such as you and I, that we must pay for them."
What changed, President Biden?
More recently, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.),'s pick for vice president, made clear that he supported Hyde during the 2016 presidential campaign. "I have been for the Hyde Amendment. And I have not changed my position on that," Kaine said in an interview on .
Many politicians from both sides of the aisle have supported the Hyde Amendment, because vast swaths of the American citizenry did—and still do.
A January 2021 poll conducted by Marist found that even though a majority of Americans called themselves pro-choice, a clear 58 percent opposed the government using tax dollars to pay for abortion. This included 34 percent of those who identified as pro-choice and 65 percent of independent voters.
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And yet, according to the U.S. Catholic bishops, the current appropriations bill is "the most extreme pro-abortion appropriations bill that we have seen." It would ensure that "the financial fruits of Americans' labor would advance the destruction of the smallest, most vulnerable humans."
Mother Teresa, in a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994, decried abortion as "the greatest destroyer of love and peace" and "a war against the child."
She was exactly right.
Abandoning the Hyde Amendment would represent a surrender of principle to radical forces who celebrate the destruction of life. And that is exactly what preborn life in the womb is: life. Americans' hard-earned money should not flow into the pockets of abortionists to extinguish it.
For the past half century, pro-life Americans have been engaged in a campaign to protect every life under law. No citizen should be forced to fund the destruction of human lives.
Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family.
The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
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