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Last week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement imploring Congress to restore longstanding pro-life policies excluded from the upcoming Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill released by the House Committee on Appropriations.
The USCCB’s statement comes as response to the omission of two key pieces of bipartisan pro-life legislation from the bill: the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment. The Hyde Amendment, which is described as “discriminatory” in the committee’s press release , protects taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. The Weldon Amendment, which protects organizations to deny access and referrals to abortion services, is also excluded from the bill. The USCCB’s statement urges the committee to revisit the draft and reinstate these amendments.
“The bill eliminates the Hyde and Weldon amendments, long-standing discriminatory policy which denied low-income women their legal right to an abortion,” the press release from the House Committee on Appropriations states .
The statement in response to the bill, which was published on the official USCCB website, was issued by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
“This is the most extreme pro-abortion appropriations bill that we have seen, effectively mandating healthcare professionals to participate in abortion, and forcing American citizens to pay for abortion with their tax dollars,” the statement reads. “Abortion is not healthcare nor a ‘human service’ to anyone. Rather, abortion is inhumane. It is a painful death to an innocent baby, and often leaves women physically harmed and emotionally devastated.”
This is not the first time in recent months the Hyde Amendment and other pieces of pro-life legislation have been under attack. Recently, in the 2022 spending budget , President Biden excluded the Hyde Amendment, though it had historically been enacted for over 40 years under every president since the Carter administration. As a result, over 170 lawmakers penned a letter to President Biden urging him to revisit the 2022 budget and include the Hyde Amendment. […]
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