NRL urges Hyde Amendment be retained as pro-abortion House Democrats look for ways to eliminate a measure that has saved two million lives

By Dave Andrusko

If your agenda is increasing abortion “access,” one of the quickest, if not the absolute quickest, route is to end the Hyde Amendment, credited with saving 2 million lives since the government stopped routinely paying for elective abortions. No surprise, then, the Abortion Lobby has placed the Hyde Amendment in its crosshairs.

A subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, now led by pro-abortion Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn), held a virtual hearing today to bemoan the “discriminatory” impact of the Hyde Amendment. 

Think about that for a moment.

According to the latest CDC report, Non-Hispanic black women have an abortion rate 3.4 times higher than white women while Hispanic women have an abortion rate 1.7 times that of white women. 

But no mind. “Now is the time to empower all women to make deeply personal life decisions without politicians inserting themselves into the doctor’s office,” DeLauro said, according to Daniel Altimari of the Hartford Courant.

Pro-Life President Trump provided an unbreakable barrier to any plans House Democrats had. If pro-abortion Joe Biden eventually becomes President, the Abortion Industry will have a powerful ally. As is the case with virtually all Democrats, Biden now supports terminating the Hyde Amendment. 

He experienced his Road to Damascus in reverse last year after he reaffirmed his support for the Hyde Amendment. The usual suspects howled and Biden, fighting for his party’s presidential nomination, suddenly saw the light.

Christina Bennett was the only pro-lifer invited to testify today. According to Daniel Altimari’s story, 

“At one point, Bennett, who is Black, was asked if it bothered her that abortion rights advocates view the Hyde Amendment as part of a racist legacy in heath care. …

“I trust Black women, I love Black women, I am a Black woman and I’ve listened to the ones who’ve told me they’ve been hurt by abortions,” she said. “They’ve been pressured to have abortions by their partners, their parents, their professors. I’ve listened to them and I care and I know that abortion hurts women and families and it’s a moral injustice.”

National Right to Life submitted a statement to the House today, expressing its strong support for the Hyde Amendment. Jennifer Popik, J.D., NRL Federal Legislative Director, noted the enormous life-saving impact of 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. …

There is abundant empirical evidence that where government funding for abortion is not available under Medicaid or the state equivalent program, at least one-fourth of the Medicaid-eligible women carry their babies to term, who would otherwise procure federally-funded abortions.  Some pro-abortion advocacy groups have claimed that the abortion-reduction effect is substantially greater –one-in-three, or even 50 percent. 

We strongly urge retention of the Hyde Amendment.