“This President’s budget request forces American taxpayers to fund abortions, a denial of the basic human right to life”

Editor’s note. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) spoke in favor of H.R. 18,  “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” 

Mr. BERGMAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to voice my deep disappointment with President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget request—more specifically, the President’s removal of longstanding pro-life protections such as the Hyde amendment. The Hyde amendment prohibits Federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. Historically, this policy has shared strong bipartisan consensus in the House. 

I made a promise to my constituents to protect the unborn and to give a voice to those who have no voice. Since coming here to Congress, I have consistently supported pro-life policies. This is a value in the First District of Michigan that is shared across party lines. 

Yet, this President’s budget request forces American taxpayers to fund abortions, a denial of the basic human right to life. I strongly urge my colleagues in the House to not follow in those footsteps and to oppose this proposal. As we work through the Federal appropriations process, it is imperative Congress maintains these basic protections and opposes any other policies that would promote abortions here in the United States and throughout the world. 

Let us, the United States of America, be an example to the rest of the world that, no matter how much we may disagree, we can come together for the protection of human life both before and after birth.