This week Family Council joined more than 60 pro-life leaders from across the country in urging the U.S. Senate not to authorize any Obamacare funding that covers abortion.
Recent proposals by Senators Alexander (R – TN) and Murray (D – WA) would give federal tax dollars to insurance plans that cover elective abortions. The proposals ignore longstanding traditions in Congress, like the Hyde Amendment, that prevent taxpayer-funding of elective abortions in most cases.
As we wrote last year, the Hyde Amendment has long been viewed as a delicate compromise. However, that compromise has recently come under attack. In 2016 the Democratic National Committee put language in its party platform saying, “We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
Prohibiting the public funding of abortion saves lives. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, more than 2 million lives have been saved by the Hyde Amendment since in was first enacted in 1976.
Simply put, our senators should not authorize any federal spending that subsidizes abortion.