WASHINGTON — Despite numerous polls showing that a vast majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions, the pro-abortion Democrats in the Senate betrayed their constituents and voted in favor of taxpayer funding of abortion.
The vote on an amendment, offered by Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) and co-sponsored by Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.), would have applied Hyde-related language and prevented taxpayer funding of abortion in certain provisions in the COVID relief plan reconciliation package. Pro-abortion Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the amendment and in favor of abortion funding.
“Pro-abortion Democrats betrayed the vast majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer funding of abortions,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Pro-abortion Democrats are most interested in funding abortion and abortion providers who want abortion available at any time during pregnancy, anywhere, for any reason, and paid for by taxpayers.”
All 49 Republicans present (pro-life Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan was absent due to a death in the family) voted for the amendment and against abortion funding. They were joined by Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) who also voted for the amendment and against abortion funding. The vote was 52-47 and needed 60 votes to pass.
A Marist poll released in January found that, by a 20-point margin— 58% to 38%— Americans oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortion.
The Hyde Amendment prevents the use of federal funds from being used to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. The Hyde Amendment is widely recognized as having a significant impact on the number of abortions in the United States saving over an estimated two million American lives. National Right to Life believes that the Hyde Amendment has proven itself to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction measure ever enacted by Congress.
“The reconciliation bill is a Democrat wish-list containing extensive provisions that are designed to fund abortion and the abortion industry,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal Legislation for National Right to Life. “Without Hyde Amendment protections, this legislation has the potential to funnel millions of dollars into providing abortions.”
The COVID relief package passed with a vote of 50-49 with all Democrats voting for passage and all Republicans voting against passage.