The Hyde Amendment

The Hyde Amendment stipulates, "None of the funds appropriated in this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for any abortion."             Read full text.

Congress has passed the Hyde Amendment on a bipartisan basis every year since 1976.

The Hyde Amendment reflects a broad consensus of the American public who do not want tax dollars to be put toward abortion.

In recent years, however, Democrats have withdrawn their support for Hyde and now the party platform and leaders including President Biden aim to reject the Hyde Amendment.

 
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Becerra questioned about abortion, immigration at HHS budget hearing

The Hill

Similarly, Democrats have set out to remove some federal limits on abortion funding like the Hyde amendment this year. Republicans argue that the Hyde amendment has long been a bipartisan policy.

Pro-life Congressmen seek to save the Hyde Amendment

TN Right to Life

Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, said, “The Hyde Amendment has proven to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction measure ever enacted by Congress. The Hyde Amendment has enjoyed bipartisan support for over 40 years and is widely recognized as having saved over two million American lives since it was first adopted in 1976.”

Hyde Amendment Under Threat in Biden Presidency

National Review

If the House does pass a bill ending the Hyde amendment and Democrats control the Senate, efforts to save it will depend a lot on Democratic senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

State of Abortion in 2021

National Right to Life

Yet by 1976, the federal Medicaid program was paying for about 300,000 elective abortions annually, and the number was escalating rapidly.

Reality Check: The Extreme Campaign Against the Hyde Amendment

USCCB

Upholding the Hyde amendment in 1980, the court cited its own 1977 statement that when government funds childbirth but not abortion, it “has imposed no restriction on access to abortions that was not already there.”

Taxpayer Funding of Abortion and Abortion Businesses

Family Research Council

The historic bipartisan support ended in 2016, when the Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided to include the Hyde Amendment’s repeal as a policy priority in its party platform—the first time either party had made such a declaration.

Misguided Fairness for All Act Would Undermine Religious Liberty

The Daily Signal by Andrea Jones

The Fairness for All Act adopts the faulty reasoning of the Equality Act, treating all disagreement about the nature of marriage and the biological basis of sex as illegal discrimination. The proposed bill would have numerous negative consequences for the same groups impacted by the Equality Act, as a group of conservative organizations recently outlined in a letter to Republican members. It would expose medical professionals and hospitals to ruinous lawsuits if they decline to provide hormonal and surgical gender transition procedures, including on minors.

Six Things to Know about Hyde

Daily Signal

The Supreme Court held that “the funding restrictions of the Hyde Amendment do not impinge on the ‘liberty’ protected by the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment held in Roe v. Wade … to include the freedom of a woman to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy.”

Marist Polling on Abortion

Knights of Columbus

The survey found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, fewer than two in 10 (19 percent) support such funding. Opposition to this funding includes most Republicans (94 percent) and independents (80 percent) and a majority of Democrats (56 percent). By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent). By 20 points (55 percent to 35 percent) Americans also believe medical professionals with moral objections should be allowed to opt out of performing abortions.

There’s Nothing “Pro-Choice” About a Democratic Platform Demanding Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Alliance Defending Freedom

For over 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has banned the use of federal funds (aka our tax dollars) to pay for abortion, except in the case of rape, incest, or when the mom’s life is in danger. The amendment has long received bipartisan support, but that is no longer the case.

Hyde at 40

Charlotte Lozier Institute, by Michael New

Hyde routinely saves more than 60,000 lives in the United States every year. The best research indicates that the Hyde Amendment has saved over two million unborn children. Multiple studies show that when the Hyde Amendment took effect, the birthrate among women on Medicaid increased by an average of about 13 percent. That means in U.S. states that do not fund abortion through Medicaid, one in every nine people born to a mother on Medicaid owes his or her life to the Hyde Amendment.

The Hyde Amendment’s effect on human-trafficking victims

Washington Post commentary by Jonathan Imbody

Democrats increasingly have been injecting abortion partisanship into human trafficking programs. Congressional hearings revealed how Obama administration officials denied a grant to a faith-based organization over abortion and other morally objectionable issues.
Many would note that abortion would only add to the trauma that human trafficking victims have already experienced.

 
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