U.S. House of Representatives has passed a budget without the Hyde Amendment – Reversing a restriction on federal tax dollars being used to fund abortions that has existed since the 1970’s.
On Thursday, July 29th, for the first time in 45 years, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to provide taxpayer funding of elective abortions for Medicaid recipients. Every Democrat present in the House voted to kill the Hyde amendment.
Since 1976, every appropriations bill that passed the House included the Hyde amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion except in rare circumstances. The legislation passed the House on a 219-208 vote. This is one of several budget bills that the House Democrats plan to pass without the Hyde amendment.
The House plan is also to eliminate all Hyde related amendments that have existed for decades, such as the Weldon amendment, which protects the right of medical professionals (doctors, nurses, etc.) to not participate in abortions.
The next step for each of the budget bills will be the U.S. Senate.
Take Action – contact your U.S. Senators and Representative today
Urge them to support keeping the Hyde amendment and all other similar amendments – such as the Weldon amendment – in the budget bills being considered by Congress
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