House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has long been an advocate for abortion rights, but her recent remarks have opened her up to new criticism from social conservatives.
During a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi expressed her hope that the pro-life Hyde Amendment will be repealed during the next congressional session, CNS News reported.
“How can we get rid of that?”
Calling its repeal “long overdue,” Pelosi went on to elaborate on her opposition to the restriction on using federal funds to finance abortions.
“I myself have been an opponent of the Hyde Amendment long before I came to Congress,” the House speaker affirmed, according to CNS News. “So, I would be receptive to that happening. Yes.”
Pelosi went on to predict “an interesting debate” on the topic before reiterating the fact that she has a long record of supporting the repeal of the amendment.
“Way before I was in Congress — as soon as the Hyde Amendment was there — I was thinking: How can we get rid of that?” she said. “So, it’s long overdue getting rid of it, in my view.”
“Unfairness to women”
Since the amendment passed in 1976, it has been renewed every year. For years, it was endorsed by Democrats including presidential nominee Joe Biden.
During the recent campaign, however, Biden notably reversed that position in an apparent effort to appeal to his party’s base, as The Hill reported.
As the Democratic agenda has become more progressive on the issue of abortion, opposition to the longstanding amendment has continued to grow.
In making the case to undo the decades-old restriction, she said: “The Hyde Amendment is a discriminatory policy, and for more than 40 years it has been routinely extended every year as a legislative rider, but the time has come in this current moment to reckon with the norm, with the status quo, view it through the lens of how it impacts communities of color.”
For her part, Pelosi insisted that the underlying issue at hand is “the impact that it has in terms of unfairness to women in our country,” according to CNS News.