Abortion promoters want to increase federal funding of abortion by repealing the Hyde Amendment.
Abortion advocates have reportedly been galvanized by Obamacare’s coverage of abortion to end the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment bans federal funding of most abortions. Obama vetoed its re-authorization but under Trump it was allowed to resume.
Can establishment Republicans be trusted to defend the Hyde Amendment? Perhaps this is another reason to be thankful Roy Moore got the nomination for Congress.
Lifezette reports, “Leftists Ready All-Out Assault on Hyde Amendment.”
The National Network of Abortion Funds hosted a conference call Tuesday to build support for a push to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which since 1977 has prohibited federal taxpayer funds from paying for abortion in most cases.
Renee Bracey Sherman, senior public affairs manager for the network, called the Hyde Amendment a “racist, classist” restriction on the right created by the Roe decision. She noted that the amendment, named for the late Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), is not enshrined in a statute. Instead, Congress reauthorizes it every year.
“We envision a world where all people have the power and resources to care for and affirm their bodies, identities and health for themselves and their families in all areas of their life,” she said. “As we shift the conversation to abortion, we want to make sure that it become a real option, accessible, without shame and judgment.”
For the most part, even abortion-rights advocates in Congress have accepted the reality of the Hyde Amendment. Polls show Americans are much more skeptical of the notion of taxpayer-funded abortions than the right to abortion, generally.
The National Network of Abortion Funds aims to change that, pointing to the 17 states that use local funds to let Medicaid recipients obtain abortions. Democrat Hillary Clinton pledged during last year’s presidential race to eliminate the Hyde Amendment. For the first time, the Democratic Party included a plank calling for the Hyde Amendment’s appeal.
David Christensen, vice president of government affairs at the Family Research Council, said he believes abortion advocates have been emboldened by a provision in the Affordable Care Act that bypassed the Hyde Amendment and allowed for the expansion of federal funding of abortion through private insurance plans.
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