Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2021 / 11:13 am America/Denver (CNA).
Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday warned against allowing taxpayer-funded abortion in fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills.
The members urged the continued inclusion of pro-life policies in forthcoming budget bills - namely the Hyde Amendment, federal policy since 1976 that has barred funding of elective abortions.
“We sincerely urge you to keep the Hyde provisions and other similar Hyde-type policies that have been enacted in annual appropriations bills as you develop the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills,” said an April 7 letter to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), chairwoman of the appropriations committee.
“These provisions reflect a time-tested balance of strongly held and differing perspectives on abortion in this country,” the committee’s Republican members stated. “As such, we will strongly oppose any appropriations bill that seeks to weaken pro-life protections or eliminates Hyde policies.”
The letter, signed by 26 Republican committee members, came two days before the White House on Friday made its discretionary budget request for the upcoming fiscal year. Although the request was just a summary of the full budget, which will be released later, the pro-abortion group All Above All stated on Friday "We’re eager to see his full budget without Hyde."