Catholic bishops across the U.S. are urging Americans to send “a strong, clear message” to Congress that tax dollars should not be spent to kill unborn babies in abortions.
Catholic News Service reports Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, and others are speaking out after President Joe Biden released a 2022 budget plan that eliminates the long-standing Hyde Amendment.
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“It is crucially important that we send a strong, clear message that the Hyde Amendment has far-reaching public support and should not be repealed,” Tobin wrote in a July 6 letter to his archdiocese. “Members of Congress need to hear from as many of us as possible.”
Tobin said Biden’s and Democrat leaders’ plan to get rid of the Hyde Amendment “targets poor women as needing an expedient solution to a complex problem,” according to the report.
The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding for most abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. It is credited with saving about 2.4 million babies’ lives, and polls consistently show strong public support for it.
For decades, most Republican and Democrat lawmakers supported the amendment as a regular part of the federal budget. However, Democrat leaders recently abandoned the public on the issue and sided with the billion-dollar abortion industry in supporting taxpayer-funded abortions.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and many other pro-life organizations are working hard to restore the Hyde Amendment and encourage Americans to speak out against the Democratic Party’s radical pro-abortion agenda.
The bishops are urging people to sign a petition to U.S. Congress in support of the Hyde Amendment. Find the petition at NoTaxpayerAbortion.com.
Archbishop William Lori of Boston made a similar plea to his archdiocese on July 12, according to CNS.
“During this critical time, let us join in prayer for the protection of the unborn,” Lori said. “But let us also, as citizens and believers, raise our voices to protect the most defenseless of human beings, the unborn child.”
He said the Hyde Amendment “has saved countless lives of unborn children, and it is imperative we continue to support it.”
Additionally, Catholic bishops in New York, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, sent a letter on July 7 to the New York representatives in Congress encouraging them to provide real support to families in need.
“I urge you to partner with us in providing support, funding and programs to assist pregnant women facing challenging situations, and to empower them to bear their children and raise their families with dignity,” Dennis Poust, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, wrote on behalf of the bishops. “Again, I implore you to oppose any appropriations bill that expands taxpayer funding of abortion.”
The New York bishops said Biden’s plan would violate the consciences of millions of Americans as well as the rights of countless unborn babies.
“When the federal government subsidizes certain conduct, it encourages the behavior,” Poust wrote. “Through the allocation of their tax dollars, Americans should not be compelled to finance nor encourage the practice of abortion.”
Despite the mounting outrage, a U.S. House subcommittee took the first step to force Americans to fund abortions Monday by passing a spending bill without the Hyde Amendment.
Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated 2.4 million babies’ lives, including about 60,000 each year, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions. A recent Marist poll found that 77 percent of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars for abortion overseas, and 58 percent oppose using taxpayer money to fund abortions in the United States.
A 2016 Harvard/Politico poll found strong support for the Hyde Amendment as well. It also 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 Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are more likely to oppose it.