WASHINGTON- The National Right to Life Committee condemned FY23 Biden Budget for stripping away protections designed to save the lives of unborn babies and protect their mothers.
“The Hyde Amendment is widely recognized as having a significant impact on the number of abortions in the United States and has saved an estimated 2.4 million American lives,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The Hyde Amendment is being targeted by pro-abortion Democrats in Congress and the White House at every opportunity but, until this Congress, the Hyde Amendment enjoyed 45 years of bipartisan support.”
In spite of efforts by pro-abortion Democrats, Congress recently renewed the life-saving provisions in the FY22 appropriations law.
Tobias continued, “Despite the inclusion of Hyde in FY22, President Biden is forging ahead with a radical abortion agenda, and is proposing to include tax-payer funded abortion in his FY23 budget.”
According to the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, the proposed budget:
- Eliminates the Hyde Amendment– which would allow taxpayer funding for abortion on demand through Medicaid, Medicare disability, and other programs funded under the Labor/Health & Human Services appropriations bill.
- Eliminates the Dornan Amendment which would allow the District of Columbia to fund abortions through its Medicaid program. When the Dornan amendment was last gutted in FY2010, D.C. funded 300 abortions through Medicaid.
- Eliminates the Aderholt Amendment which would lift the Federal ban on gestating gene-edited embryos, such as three-parent embryos.
- 40% increase in funding for the Title X family planning program by $113.521 million to $400 million from $286.479 million. This funding will serve as a slush fund for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.
- $5 million for implicit bias training grants for health care providers, which could be used to target pro-life health providers.
- 72% increase in funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by $23.5 million to $56 million from $32.5 million. The UNFPA promotes abortions around the world and supports China’s forced abortion and sterilization regime.
- Eliminates the application of the Helms Amendment to the Complex Crises Fund which could allow those funds to pay for abortions.
- Adds a sweeping notwithstanding authority for funding “to promote gender equality” overseas, including by “protecting the rights of women and girls worldwide.” This would bypass the Helms Amendment and Siljander Amendments, to allow taxpayer funding for abortion or abortion lobbying overseas.
- Decreases the funding floor earmark for international family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) by $3 million (0.5%) to $572 million from $575 million which is a welcome development. This earmark is a slush fund for international pro-abortion organizations including International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International. However, USAID is requesting that all of these funds be provided through the Global Health Programs (GHP) account– a $48.05 million increase over the $523.950 million provided in that account for FP/RH for FY22—instead of allowing some of these funds to be awarded through the Economic Support Fund (ESF) account. Pro-abortion groups have sought to shift the annual $51.05 million allocation of the FP/RH earmark within the ESF account over to the GHP account in order to allow USAID bureaucrats more flexibility to give funds directly to NGOs in the abortion industry, since the ESF allocations are typically given to the governments of U.S. friends and allies.