Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2021 / 16:15 pm
A pro-life group on Friday decried President Joe Biden’s decision not to renew the Hyde Amendment, which has since 1976 prohibited federal funding for elective abortions, and urged citizens to speak out on the issue.
The current appropriations bill, which funds the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education, provides for $253.8 billion for the 2022 fiscal year, an increase of 28% from the current year.
An amendment to include the Hyde Amendment in the appropriations bill failed at a July 15 markup hearing in a 27-32 vote. The bill, without the Hyde Amendment, ultimately passed the committee by a vote of 33-25.
Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that advocates for pro-life policies, noted that the Hyde Amendment is not a permanent law, but must be— and has been— approved with bipartisan support every year since 1976.