Sen. McConnell blasts President Biden for flip-flop on Hyde Amendment

“He let the demands of the increasingly radical left overcome a principle he’d held for decades”

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Senator Mitch McConnell

First established over 50 years ago, National Right to Life has an impressive institutional memory and a well-deserved reputation even among the largely hostile media for accuracy and for providing a fair presentation of issues from the pro-life perspective.

That knowledge and experience certainly comes into play in the current historic battle initiated by the pro-abortion Biden-Harris administration and pro-abortion Democrat congressional leadership against the life-saving Hyde Amendment. For a superb overview of the issues, see www.nrlc.org/hyde.  

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As our readers are well aware, Biden-Harris submitted a 2022 budget without the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing bipartisan agreement not to fund elective abortions, with very narrow exceptions. On Friday the House Appropriations Committee, stacked with pro-abortion absolutists, passed a funding bill for the 2022 fiscal year without this language, the inclusion of which goes back to 1976.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, in remarks made on the Senate floor last Thursday morning, put the battle in context:

This week, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee are doing something so radical that it hasn’t been done for decades:

They are advancing an annual funding bill that leaves out the Hyde Amendment, the commonsense prohibition on forcing taxpayers to fund abortion.

Since the 1970s, abortion has claimed the lives of more than 60 million unborn children.

But at the very, very least, the mainstream, bipartisan Hyde Amendment has ensured that taxpayers’ hard-earned money is not funneled to this brutal practice.

A broad, bipartisan coalition agreed the American taxpayer should not be forced to underwrite this nightmare. And by the way, a strong majority of Americans still agree

Of course, once upon a time President Biden agreed with the consensus.

For decades, nearly his entire career, then-Senator Joe Biden was a reliable supporter of Hyde protections. One letter to a constituent read like this. “Those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.”

Now?

But a couple years ago, on the presidential campaign trail, our former colleague changed his tune. He let the demands of the increasingly radical left overcome a principle he’d held for decades.

Sen. McConnell vowed his party would stand strong in opposition:

Senate Republicans are going to continue standing up for life, standing up for taxpayers, and standing up for the conscience rights of millions of Americans who don’t want the government laundering their hard-earned money to abortion providers.

Republicans will still stand with the majority of the American people, even if our colleagues across the aisle have given in to the most radical voices.”

Not content with excising the Hyde amendment, the Weldon Amendment language is also gone. Pro-life Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) told committee members: “I will tell you as a practicing physician, the Weldon Amendment is incredibly important at protecting people with deeply held conscience and religious beliefs from being forced to participate in something they don’t agree with.”