200 House Republicans sign letter to protect Hyde Amendment
House of two hundred Republicans signed a letter on Tuesday to protect the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of taxpayer money to finance non-governmental entities that carry out or refer abortions.
Republicans, who argue the amendment prevents taxpayers with moral objections to abortions from funding procedures through Medicaid, have objected to the possibility of President Biden repealing the law.
“Repealing these pro-life provisions would destroy nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus,” said the letter to House leaders and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Every year since 1976, Congress has included the Hyde protections in the votes voted each year.”
The amendment is one of the annual appropriation bills that Congress votes each year.
The letter, written by Reps Jim Banks, R-Ind., Chairman of the Republican Study Board, and Steve Scalise, R-La., Notes that former President Obama “has upheld the Hyde Amendment in every one of his proposals. Fiscal Affairs ”and Biden’s position on the amendment has flipped in recent years as pressure mounts to take action against Hyde.
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Banks and Scalise also include research from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life nonprofit, in the letter which revealed that the Hyde Amendment could have prevented an estimated 2 million abortions since Hyde’s enactment in 1976.
“We cannot allow the Hyde Amendment and other important pro-life guarantees to be decimated by Democrats in Congress. , indicates the letter.
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Some Progressive Democrats argue that the amendment undermines the rights of women to have abortions using federal Medicaid benefits and disproportionately affects marginalized women.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Has repeatedly called on Congress to repeal the Hyde Amendment, saying in a Jan. 22 tweet that after 48 years since Roe vs. Wade was enacted, “systemic barriers to access to abortion and other reproductive health care still exist.”
“Congress must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine Roe into federal law and pass the EACH Woman Act to repeal the Hyde Amendment,” she said.
The average cost of an abortion in the United States is around $ 500, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
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Other progressive lawmakers, including members of the “squad”, representatives. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, DN.Y. ; Ayanna pressley, D-Mass. ; and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn expressed support for the repeal of the law.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called Biden a “staunch Catholic” last week in response to a question from a reporter for the EWTN Global Catholic Network asking how the new president planned to handle the Hyde Amendment.
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“I will just take this opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic and someone who attends church regularly,” Psaki said. “He started his day going to church with his family this morning, but I have nothing more for you on that.