The federal government is forbidden from funding abortions with taxpayer cash, despite the desires of numerous prominent Democrats.
The Hyde Amendment, which was first inserted in congressional appropriations bills in 1976, restricts federal funding of abortions unless “the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or where the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.” According to activists, the Hyde Amendment prevents at least 60,000 abortions annually.
The amendment was championed by Republican Illinois Representative Henry Hyde, head of the House Judiciary Committee.
Despite initial bipartisan support for the amendment, in recent years Democrats have pushed to approve federal budgets without the provision. During his 2020 presidential campaign, President Joe Biden reversed his position on the amendment, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to eliminate the provision for an early COVID-19 relief package. Sen. Joe Manchin’s insistence that the Hyde Amendment be included in a social spending package was a significant factor in the breakdown of Build Back Better negotiations.
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, numerous states under Republican control enacted trigger laws restricting abortion. In response, prominent Democrats on the left encouraged the Biden administration to safeguard abortion access in those states.
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren both called on the federal government to make abortions available on federal lands like national parks, where state governments could not regulate the procedure.
Warren and Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith claimed in a New York Times op-ed that Biden could provide “federal resources for individuals seeking abortion care in other states” and use “federal property and resources to protect people seeking abortion services locally.” Warren also claimed that the administration could designate “federal lands as a place where abortions can occur.” CONTINUE READING…