U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to force American taxpayers to fund elective abortions.
But the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate is in the way.
For now, taxpayers and unborn babies are safe. As Politico reports this week, House Democrats recently agreed to keep the Hyde Amendment in spending bills this year to avoid another huge fight with Republicans ahead of the November election.
The Hyde Amendment is a long-standing prohibition on taxpayer-funded elective abortions through Medicaid and other federal programs. Since its implementation in 1976, the amendment has saved more than 2 million unborn babies from abortion. The amendment used to receive strong bipartisan support, but now the Democratic Party and most of its politicians want to force taxpayers to fund abortions. And if they win the U.S. Senate in November, they just might.
“Abortion access is a right. That means it should not be available just to those who can afford it,” said U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, a California Democrat. “House Democrats have done more than ever before to protect the rights of all women, and I believe that should include the ultimate repeal of the Hyde Amendment.”
The abortion industry and pro-abortion groups are lobbying aggressively for taxpayer-funded abortions, portraying them as a matter of equality. Destiny Lopez, co-director of All Above All, said support is growing.
“We’ve been building and building and building and now is the moment to do this because we have the House, because we have a pro-choice majority in the House, because we have Biden on the record,” she told the news outlet.
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Recently, Joe Biden, the presumed Democrat presidential nominee, abandoned his long-time support for the Hyde Amendment and embraced his party’s position on taxpayer-funded abortions.
Here’s more from the report:
But Democratic leaders ultimately decided to keep the language [this year] to avoid a brutal fight they were unlikely to win with a GOP-led Senate, according to multiple aides and lawmakers. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats ultimately agreed it wasn’t the right time to make the push, with the party potentially just one election away from controlling the House, Senate and White House and able to enact more sweeping policy changes.
Repealing the language also risked flaring tensions within the Democratic caucus, with vulnerable moderates anxious about an abortion battle on the House floor just months before voters go to the polls.
Polls consistently show that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
A 2019 poll by Marist University found that 75 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions abroad, while fewer than two in 10 (19 percent) support such funding. By a double-digit margin, a majority of Americans oppose all taxpayer funding of abortions (54 percent to 39 percent).
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.
Interestingly, the poll found that voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45 percent in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24 percent in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a taxpayer-funded abortion are the ones who oppose it the most.
But the Democratic Party has aligned itself with the billion-dollar abortion industry, not voters, and fewer and fewer of its politicians are pro-life. If they win just a few Senate seats in November and maintain their control of the House, Democrats could force taxpayers to pay for the killing of unborn babies in abortions for the first time in more than 40 years.