Ayanna Pressley Wants to Force Americans to Fund Abortions: It’s “Oppression” Not To

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 24, 2020   |   10:09AM   |   Washington, DC

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley wants to force American taxpayers to pay for the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

And she believes it is “oppression” not to.

In a column at Medium this week, the pro-abortion Democrat lawmaker demanded that Congress end Hyde Amendment, a decades-old ban on taxpayer-funded abortions that has saved millions of babies’ lives.

Pressley said the Hyde Amendment oppresses poor and minority women, and Democrats must fight to end it.

“For more than four decades, the Hyde Amendment has banned access to abortion for low-income people who receive health insurance coverage through Medicaid,” she wrote. “These abortion bans have disproportionately impacted Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other communities of color, perpetuating cycles of poverty and economic inequality.”

Speaking in almost pro-life terms, Pressley claimed forcing taxpayers to fund abortions would “affirm the dignity and worth of all people, no exceptions.” Except, of course, she excluded babies in the womb who could be slaughtered at an even greater rate if she succeeds.

“Without a doubt, now is the moment to dismantle systems of oppression and take a stand against racist and discriminatory policies,” she continued. “Make no mistake, access to healthcare and specifically abortion care is a racial justice issue.”

On Thursday, she joined fellow U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky and Alexandria OcasioCortez in filing an amendment to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Pressley urged other Democrat lawmakers to support their effort “like lives depend on it, because they do.”

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Lives do depend on the Hyde Amendment. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the amendment has saved an estimated 2,409,311 unborn babies’ lives since 1976. When taxpayers are forced to fund abortions, abortion numbers increase. In Illinois, for example, abortion numbers spiked after the state legislature voted to force taxpayers to fund abortions.

Most Americans, including low-income women, do not want taxpayer-funded abortions. Polls indicate that rich, college-educated Americans are the biggest supporters of abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded abortions for poor and minority women.

According to a recent Gallup poll: “Large differences are … seen by income and education, with the highest education and income groups being substantially more likely than others to be pro-choice.”

A Harvard University poll also found that rich Americans voters support taxpayer-funded abortions at nearly twice the rate of low-income voters. According to the poll, voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45% in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24% in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are the ones who oppose it the most.

Democrat lawmakers used to support the Hyde Amendment. They used to claim to want abortions to be safe, legal and rare. Now, they are openly and publicly pushing for more abortions — even though nearly 62 million unborn babies have already been killed. Now, they are calling abortions “essential” and “health care” and those who oppose it “oppressors.” As if the destruction of an innocent unborn child’s life is something good.