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With Congress slated to return from recess soon, the month of September will be particularly busy on the pro-life front. While there will be action on the annual spending bill, and a separate 3.5 trillion dollar social spending reconciliation bill, pro-abortion Speaker Pelosi (D-Cal.) has also announced that the House will vote on the sweeping “Women’s Health Protection Act.”
Work has resumed on appropriations bills to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2022, and the ongoing fight to save the Hyde Amendment to prevent taxpayer-funded abortion continues.
During the last week of July, by a vote of 219 to 208, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502 that includes spending for Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS). H.R. 4502 removes the longstanding Hyde Amendment which bans federal funding of domestic abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. The Hyde Amendment has been enacted—with bipartisan support—in various forms from 1976 until FY2021. No Republicans voted in favor of H.R. 4502.
The Senate will need to defend against tax-payer funding of abortion, and more votes are expected prior to the September 30th government funding deadline. It is likely that if no agreement is reached, Congress will work on a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open. The current appropriations does contain pro-life protections.
Battle to save the Hyde Amendment
After Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973, various federal health programs, including Medicaid, simply started paying for elective abortions. By 1976, the federal Medicaid program was paying for about 300,000 elective abortions annually, and the number was escalating rapidly. An amendment by pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) to prevent federal Medicaid funds from paying for abortions was enacted.
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The Hyde Amendment is widely recognized as having saved an estimated 2.4 million American lives since it was first adopted in 1976 and has proven to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction measure ever enacted by Congress. In addition, a November 2020 McLaughlin poll showed that 64.6% oppose tax funding of abortion including […]
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