House Democrats Pass Phony “Inflation Reduction” Bill That Forces Americans to Fund Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 12, 2022   |   6:02PM   |   Washington, DC

House Democrats have approved the phony “inflation reduction” bill that forces Americans to fund abortions.

Democrats voted to pass President Joe Biden’s tax and spending spree that will raise health care costs and will also extend tax credits for Obamacare plans that cover abortions.

National Review reports the bill, which narrowly passed the Senate last week, provides $64 billion in funding for the tax credits through 2025. The spending bill passed 51-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers condemned today’s vote.

“Families are already stretching their budgets to afford groceries, keep the lights on, and fill up their gas tanks, all while struggling to find essential goods like baby formula. This $700 billion socialist agenda will only bring more pain to hardworking people by raising taxes and costs across every income level all so Democrats and President Biden can fund their agenda and seek more federal command and control in people’s lives,” she said.

The abortion-funding did not get near as much attention as other issues, but pro-life Americans should be concerned.

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“These expansions further subsidize Obamacare exchange plans that cover abortion, giving millions of people taxpayer-funded plans that cover abortion on demand for as little as $1/month,” which is the minimum abortion coverage surcharge under the Affordable Care Act, Andrew Guernsey, executive director of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, told Live Action News.

Guernsey said the provision is a “blatant” violation of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortions in most cases.

“Many of the estimated 10 million people affected by expanded subsidies, including an estimated 3 million Americans who would drop out of, or be ineligible for, Obamacare exchange plans but for these expanded subsidies, have been driven into taxpayer-funded plans that cover elective abortion,” he said.

Measures like the Hyde Amendment that prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions had strong, bipartisan support in Congress for decades. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment alone has saved an estimated 2.4 million babies’ lives, including about 60,000 each year, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Within the past five years, however, Democrat leaders have shifted to a more extreme pro-abortion position that includes forcing American taxpayers to pay for the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

Polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions. In January, a 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 fund abortions in other countries.

A 2019 Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 49 percent supported the Hyde Amendment while only 33 percent opposed it. And a 2016 Harvard/Politico poll found strong public opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, especially among lower-income voters. 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).