If you are a U.S. taxpayer, then your money could soon be used to fund abortions both here in America and abroad.
Fox News reports that congressional Democrats are attempting to push appropriations bills through Congress that would remove long-standing barriers that have prevented taxpayer money from going to fund abortions.
Democrat-led House committees have been approving appropriations bills without such barriers as the Hyde or Helms amendments.
For those unfamiliar with these amendments, the Hyde Amendment, with some exceptions, prevents taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions here in America. And, the Helms Amendment is similar except that it prevents U.S. taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions outside of America.
Both the Hyde and Helms amendments have been included in spending bills since the 1970s when these bills were first enacted. Throughout the subsequent five decades, these amendments have received bipartisan support.
Now, however, the Democrats are making a push to get rid of them.
Fox News also reports that, here in America, besides the Hyde Amendment, the Democrats have also omitted from appropriation bills “bans on funding federal prisoners’ abortions, abortions in D.C. (a.k.a. Dornan Amendment), funding through the Peace Corps (Young), and funding for elective abortion services or coverage administrative expenses under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (Smith FEHBP).”
And, outside of America, Fox News reports that the Democrats have omitted from appropriation bills a provision that required “foreign, nongovernmental organizations not perform abortions if they receive federal funding” as well as a provision that blocked “taxpayer money from flowing to organizations that promote abortions.”
The good news for Americans, and the bad news for Democrats, is that these measures are unlikely to get past the U.S. Senate.
There, unlike the House, Republicans and Democrats are tied. So, this means that the Democrats will not be able to simply ram these measures through.
It is likely that congressional Democrats have been emboldened by President Joe Biden. Despite supporting the Hyde Amendment as a U.S. Senator, Biden recently put forth a budget that for the first time did not include the Hyde Amendment.
Polling has indicated that Americans firmly disagree with the Democrats on this one.