President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion spending proposal will force American taxpayers to fund abortions after removing the Hyde Amendment.
Since the 1970s, Congress has included the Hyde Amendment in spending bills to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortions except if the mother’s life is in danger, she was raped, or there was incest. Biden’s newest spending plan excludes this provision protecting Americans’ consciences and instead reinstates giving federal finances out to cover killing babies.
Studies show that Americans largely oppose funding abortions in the United States and overseas but Biden’s commitment to appeasing pro-abortion activists and progressives appears to outweigh public opinion.
“For more than four decades, the Hyde family of pro-life policies has kept American taxpayers out of the abortion business, with the Hyde Amendment itself saving nearly 2.5 million lives. The Biden budget throws that longstanding, bipartisan consensus out the window to fulfill a campaign promise to the radical abortion lobby,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
In 2019, Biden’s campaign said he supported the Hyde Amendment. Shortly after receiving criticism from abortion extremists for his position, the campaign changed his agenda to oppose the policy, a switch that was frowned upon at the time by Biden’s now-Vice President Kamala Harris as purely political.
Even after approximately 200 GOP legislators, as well as more than 60 pro-life activists, sent letters to leaders in the House and Senate asking them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, the risk that a Democrat-controlled Congress could follow Biden’s lead and remove the bipartisan efforts of politicians for decades poses a great threat.
As Politico reports, “Democrats who control Congress’ discretionary spending aren’t waiting for the White House to act, and have already begun quietly to draft a plan that would drop the Hyde amendment and allow Medicaid, Medicare, federal employee health insurance and the Indian Health Service to cover abortions.”
Biden has also already taken drastic steps to expand American access to baby killing. The Department of Health and Human Services already began reversing former President Donald Trump’s rules to reinstate taxpayer-funded abortion referrals last month, a decision that more than 20 pro-life groups have banded together to oppose.