Biden’s Budget Plan Will Force Taxpayers To Fund Abortions

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Biden’s proposed budget for 2022 eliminates the ban on federal funding for most abortions. This move will allow public funding of abortions and abandon the Hyde Amendment, which has existed for decades. 

The Hyde Amendment, which was first passed in 1976, restricts the coverage of abortion for most recipients of Medicaid and Medicare.

Women’s rights groups celebrated Biden’s decision to omit the Hyde Amendment. According to them, this provision disproportionately affects low-income women. 

Women’s health provider Planned Parenthood posted on Twitter saying that it is exciting to see the Biden administration’s “historic” feat. They added that for a long time, the Hyde Amendment had placed the government in control of the decisions and personal health of women, particularly those with low incomes. 

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Biden, a self-declared “devout Catholic,” had supported the existence of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for most abortions. However, in 2019, he had a change of heart. 

While Biden was campaigning for residents, he stated that the right to abortion is placed “under assault” in most states. He added that abortion is also increasingly being difficult to avail of for low-income women. 

“Hyde Saves Lives”

Although abortion is legal in America, regulations vary from one state to another. For instance, in California and New York, they use taxpayer money to cover abortion. On the other hand, some other states ban this practice. 

Then on Thursday, Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, launched a website, “Hyde Saves Lives.” The site was made in anticipation of the budget deliberation. 

According to data released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of Susan B. Anothony List, the Hyde Amendment had saved the lives of almost 2.5 million babies since 1976. 

Another organization also alleged that Biden is prioritizing the termination of these babies’ lives over other pressing issues. 

The president of Students for Life of America, Kristan Hawkins, stated that over two million children were saved by the protections afforded by the Hyde Amendment. Most of these children are from minority families, as the law limits taxpayer-funded abortion. 

Republicans criticized Biden for his pro abortions stance

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are not happy with the move that Biden made.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the omission breaks with decades of established precedent. The exclusion would basically summon “taxpayer-funded abortion.” He pledged to oppose the budget proposal. 

Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsay Graham also stated that the proposal would more likely be “dead on arrival” in the Senate. 

Graham mentioned that the proposal would encounter the same faith as any other proposals that Biden made. He also mentioned how “insanely expensive” the proposal is. Then added that the move dramatically increases the spending of taxes to non-defense related issues.  

According to the Senate Budget Committee ranking member, if this move persists, the Department of Defense could get weak.

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