Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Spending Package Will Force Americans to Fund Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 20, 2021   |   1:29PM   |   Washington, DC

The Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package is a huge gift for Big Abortion.

Earlier this week, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced nine appropriations bills without longstanding Hyde Amendment protections. The Hyde Amendment and its family of pro-life riders stop taxpayer funded abortion at home and abroad and have saved millions of American lives.

That’s one reason why the radical spending package is a nonstarter for Senate Republicans.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith criticized Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee for moving unilaterally on FY2022 appropriations bills that are blatantly pro-abortion.

“The Democrats’ approach to completing the FY2022 appropriations process is a blatantly partisan departure from past practices and from what this nation needs. These bills are an affront to anyone serious about national defense, border security, the sanctity of life, and responsible government,” Hyde-Smith said.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby has also criticized the pro-abortion legislation.

“A successful appropriations process rests on trust and bipartisan cooperation like we had in recent years under the Shelby/Leahy framework. Regrettably, we’re a long way from that now. If Democrats want full year appropriations bills, they must abandon their go-it-alone strategy and come to the table to negotiate,” he said.

“Their bills are filled with poison pills and problematic authorizing provisions, and they remove important legacy riders on topics like terrorism, abortion, and immigration that for years have enjoyed broad support on both sides of the aisle,” he added.

In addition to removing the Hyde Amendment, these bills also:

  • Codify removal of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Act (PLGHA), which was instituted by President Trump and stops U.S. taxpayer funding of the abortion industry overseas.
  • Remove the Hyde-Weldon Amendment, which stops discrimination against healthcare entities that do not participate in abortion.
  • Require Title X grantees to provide abortion counseling and referrals, in addition to increasing Title X funding by 75%.
  • Remove the Dornan Amendment, which stops taxpayer funding of abortion in the District of Columbia.
  • Remove the Smith Amendment, which stops taxpayer funding of abortion for federal employees.
  • Gut the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which stops U.S. dollars from funding organizations that support or participate in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.
  • Increase funding by over $20 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which has actively partnered with some of the worst human rights abusers in the world, like China and North Korea.
  • And more

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser called out Democrats in a statement:

“Democrat senators are marching in lockstep with Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and the radical abortion lobby over the will of the American people and the lives of the vulnerable. Not only do they want to expand abortion on demand here at home, but they also want to make the United States the number one exporter of abortions overseas. Senator Leahy’s calls for bipartisanship ring hollow as he introduces bills that scrap several strong pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendment, which has enjoyed broad bipartisan consensus for over four decades. Abortion is violence against the most innocent, not ‘health care,’ and Americans should never be forced to be complicit.

“These bills are a political liability for pro-abortion Democrats. We thank our pro-life Senate allies for holding the line against abortion extremism and working to ensure that the Hyde Amendment remains in effect.”

Seventy-seven percent of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to promote abortion overseas, and 58% oppose using taxpayer money to fund abortions in the United States.

Earlier this year SBA List launched a six-figure digital ad campaign exposing the pro-abortion extremism of Democrats for their opposition to Hyde. The campaign targets Senators Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ), as well as vulnerable House Democrats up for re-election next year in competitive districts.