Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2021 / 16:00 pm
Congressional Democrats called on President Joe Biden this week to remove pro-life protections from the 2022 federal budget.
The Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, the Democratic Women's Caucus leaders, and other members of the House and Senate sent a letter to Biden on Tuesday asking him to eliminate the Hyde Amendment, the Weldon Amendment, and the Helms Amendment from the budget.
The Hyde and Helms amendments restrict the use of taxpayer funds for elective abortions in the U.S. and abroad, respectively. The Weldon Amendment restricts funding of states that discriminate against health care entities opposed to abortion.
These abortion funding restrictions have been enacted in law for years - decades, in the case of the Hyde and Helms amendments which have been law since the 1970s.