Michael Bloomberg announced a presidential health care plan Monday that includes forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions.
The former New York City mayor touted his plan during a campaign stop in Montgomery, Alabama, The Birmingham News reports.
Focusing on women’s health care, Bloomberg included the killing of unborn babies in abortions as a priority. According to the report, he would expand abortions by repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded elective abortions in Medicare.
Bloomberg said he also would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, if elected. The 1973 ruling made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Since it was handed down, about 61 million unborn babies have been aborted. Yet, Democrat leaders are pushing to expand abortions.
Bloomberg’s plan, for example, also would encourage states to pass laws allowing non-doctors to abort unborn babies, the report states. Some states already do.
Though Democratic leaders are embracing an increasingly extreme position on abortion, most Americans are not. Most voters oppose most abortions, and polls consistently show strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions.
A recent Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans want abortion to be legal “only in a few circumstances” (39 percent) or “illegal in all circumstances” (21 percent). That number jumped 7 percent from 2018.
A January poll by Marist University found an overwhelming majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion. It found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, while just 19 percent support such funding. By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).
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In 2016, when Hillary Clinton campaigned on the same issue, a Harvard University poll found that only 36 percent of likely voters support overturning the Hyde Amendment.
But Bloomberg is not alone. All of the top polling Democrat presidential candidates want to force taxpayers to fund abortions. Even Joe Biden recently flip-flopped on the issue and now supports it.
Bloomberg’s record on abortion shows that his policies are radical and out of touch with most voters. As mayor of New York City, he pushed for an ordinance that restricted pro-life pregnancy centers’ free speech. He also donated $250,000 to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, in 2012 and received an award from it in 2014.
His non-profit organization Bloomberg Family Foundation gave at least $13.9 million to Planned Parenthood between 2014 and 2017, according to Foundation Directory Online Data. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America, aborting about 330,000 unborn babies every year.