22 Republican AGs Want Biden’s Budget Rejected Because It Makes Americans Fund Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 22, 2021   |   5:06PM   |   Washington, DC

Some 22 Republican attorneys general have banded together for a letter to members of Congress urging them to reject Joe Biden’s budget because it forces Americans to pay for killing babies in abortions with their tax dollars.

Led by Alabama’s Steve Marshall, the letter says it is “unconscionable” to require abandoning the decades-old provision blocking taxpayer funding for abortions.

“If state taxpayers disagree with the services that their tax dollars pay for, they can ‘vote with their feet’ and move to a state with lower taxes or one that prioritizes spending differently,” the letter reads.

“But because one cannot move to avoid federal taxes,” the letter added, “there would be nowhere for a pro-life, or even a moderately pro-choice, American to go to avoid violating the moral or religious conviction that their hard-earned dollars not be used to fund abortions. The administration’s decision here is merely the most recent illustration of its having lost all sense of accountability to the taxpayer.”

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Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana is one of the AGs to sign his name to the letter and he told LifeNews in a statement that Congress should maintain the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds for abortions and has been included in the federal budget for the last 45 years.

“Despite his decades-long opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, Joe Biden has removed such protection from his recently proposed budget,” said Attorney General Landry. “Biden’s flip-flop is yet another reckless concession to the Radical Left – one that forces taxpayers to fund the deaths of innocent babies.”

“The Hyde Amendment was first enacted in 1976 following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, and has been reenacted every year since with broad bipartisan support,” Landry’s letter states. “The key to the Hyde Amendment’s four-and-a-half-decades longevity is that its purpose is clear and commonsensical: it prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions (with exceptions), on the basis that a great many taxpayers object to abortion on moral or religious grounds and, therefore, it is unconscionable to force them to pay for abortions by using their tax dollars for that purpose. Congress should resist following President Biden down this path and should instead maintain the Hyde Amendment language in the budget it ultimately passes.”

Landry is joined in this effort by the attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.