Davis Urges Congressional Leaders to Protect the Hyde Amendment, Oppose Expansion of Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Jan 28, 2021
Families
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Washington, D.C.

This week, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and nearly 200 of his House Republican colleagues sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to protect the Hyde Amendment and maintain its inclusion in government funding legislation. The letter states:

 

We write to express our unified opposition to Congressional Democrats’ efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment and other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions. 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. Each year since 1976, Congress has included Hyde protections in annually enacted appropriations. No president in American history has ever vetoed an appropriations bill due to its inclusion of the Hyde Amendment. Moreover, President Obama maintained the Hyde Amendment in each of his budget proposals. As recent as June 2019, former Vice President Joe Biden supported the Hyde Amendment and acknowledged that it works harmoniously with federal funding for women’s healthcare.

 

Years of public polling indicates that repealing the Hyde Amendment is opposed by most of the American public. Congressional Democrats now seek to further erode public trust in government by ignoring mainstream public opinion in favor of placating the radical Left.

 

The Hyde Amendment alone has saved the lives of over 2 million innocent babies and continues to protect the conscience rights of a vast majority of Americans opposed to publicly funded abortions. We cannot allow the Hyde Amendment and other important pro-life safeguards to be decimated by Congressional Democrats. Accordingly, we pledge to vote against any government funding bill that eliminates or weakens the Hyde Amendment or other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions

 

You can find a copy of the letter here.

 

The Hyde Amendment, first enacted in 1976 and named after former Republican Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, barred the use of federal taxpayer dollars funding abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. The Hyde Amendment has received bipartisan support since its inception.

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