Supposed “moderate” U.S. Senate candidate Conor Lamb bragged Tuesday about voting to force taxpayers to fund abortions during an online Pennsylvania Democratic forum.
Lamb, a pro-abortion Democrat in the U.S. House, is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. The congressman touts himself as a moderate and a devout Catholic, but his record on abortion is extreme.
On Tuesday, Lamb boasted about voting to get rid of the Hyde Amendment and forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions – something most Americans oppose.
“The other thing we did in the House this year was, for the first time, actually, is vote down something called the Hyde Amendment, which used to restrict Medicaid and public, government-funded insurance programs from providing abortion services,” Lamb said in the video. “That is long past due.”
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The Hyde Amendment, which has strong public support, prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. Since 1976, it has saved an estimated 2.5 million babies’ lives, including about 60,000 each year, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
For decades, most Republican and Democrat lawmakers supported the Hyde Amendment as a regular part of the federal budget. However, Lamb and other Democrat politicians recently abandoned the public on the issue and sided with the billion-dollar abortion industry instead.
Now, Democrat candidates are trying to “out-abortion” each other, noted Keith Rothfus, a former pro-life U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, Townhall reports.
“@ConorLambPA tries to out-abortion his Dem Senate primary opponents saying ending restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortion is ‘long past due,’” Rothfus wrote on Twitter. “But on 6/15/19 (2 years ago) he told my wife in Coraopolis he’d support the Hyde Amendment. Why does this guy brag about being ‘Catholic’?”
Lamb has a 97-percent pro-abortion voting record from the National Right to Life Committee. This includes voting against the Hyde Amendment and for tax subsidies for abortion-promoting groups overseas, as well as opposing a bill to protect babies who survive abortions from infanticide.
Lamb also wants to “codify” Roe v. Wade into law so that states would be forced to keep abortions legal even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 ruling, according to Townhall.
“I cosponsored & voted to codify Roe into law in the House. With 1 more vote in the Senate that can become law, no matter what the court does,” Lamb said in December. “We can win that vote in PA.”
Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions including low-income voters, the people most likely to qualify for a taxpayer-funded abortion through Medicaid.
A 2022 Marist poll found 54 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the U.S. Additionally, 73 percent oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions in other countries.
A 2016 Harvard/Politico poll also found strong public opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, especially among lower-income Americans. According to the poll, 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).
Research by Charlotte Lozier Institute associate scholar Dr. Michael New estimates the Hyde Amendment has saved about 2.5 million babies from abortions. Prior to the amendment, in the 1970s, Americans paid for about 300,000 unborn babies’ abortion deaths each year, according to a report from the Family Research Council.