By Dave Andrusko
With the Biden/Harris administration signaling its strong opposition to the life-saving Hyde Amendment, 200 House Republicans, firmly supported by pro-life organizations such as National Right to Life, sent a letter to Congressional leadership today “to express our unified opposition to Congressional Democrats’ efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment and other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions.”
The letter, released by the Republican Study Committee, went on to charge that “As part of their pro-abortion crusade, Democrats have taken direct aim at these long-standing, bipartisan protections that generally prevent the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to support abortion procedures. Repealing these pro-life provisions would destroy nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus.”
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias offered the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots organization’s strong support for the Hyde Amendment which bans the use of federal dollars to pay for Elective abortions with narrow exceptions:
The impact the Hyde Amendment has had cannot be overstated: It has proven itself to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction measure ever enacted by Congress. The Hyde Amendment has enjoyed bipartisan support for over 40 years and is widely recognized as having saved over two million American lives since it was first passed in 1976.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks said in a statement, “Despite decades of consensus on this issue, radical Democrats have signaled they no longer have an interest in protecting the conscience rights of millions of Americans who do not want their hard-earned money used to pay for abortions. My colleagues and I demand congressional leaders protect the ban on taxpayer-funded abortions and save the Hyde Amendment.”
Pro-abortion Vice President Kamala Harris has always been a steadfast opponent of the Hyde Amendment, named after the late pro-life champion Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Il).
Last year, during the intra-party battle to secure the Democrat Party’s presidential nomination, Biden flip-flopped in a single day from support for the Hyde Amendment to opposition.
Kapur quoted pro-abortion Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who now chairs the House Appropriations Committee, and pro-life Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby, R-Alabama.
Rep. DeLauro’s position is that choosing not to pour tax payers dollars into elective abortions “is a discriminatory policy.” By contrast. Sen. Shelby told NBC News, “The Republican caucus would resist it,” adding, “We’ve had the Hyde Amendment a long time. And I think it’s pretty clearly embedded in the fabric of our legislation. I support the Hyde Amendment.”