"Well, I think our biggest challenge in the coming two years with a Democratic, pro-abortion Democratic control of the House will be to protect the Hyde Amendment," National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias told CNA. Tobias said that she believes that the repeal of the Hyde Amendment will be a "top priority" for the new House leadership.
"We know that the American public strongly opposes using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion, but I still expect the Democrats to try very hard to repeal the Hyde Amendment and try to force taxpayer funding on America," said Tobias.
Tobias was, however, confident that the Senate would be able to continue to confirm pro-life judges to the federal bench. She told CNA that Trump and the Senate have done a "fantastic job" at this over the last two years.
"We are thrilled that pro-life members have actually increased in the Senate after the election, so we will be expecting that to continue," she explained.
"Which is great news for the future."
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Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, met with President Donald Trump last week and urged him to take action during the "lame duck" session of Congress, before the new members officially begin their terms.
Hawkins said she asked the president to refuse to sign any budget that includes funding for the abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and that she hopes Trump will formalize new pro-life protections in Title X regulations "as soon as possible."
She also encouraged the president to "continue to appoint judges who respect life in law" and to cease the funding of fetal tissue research through the Department of Health and Human Services.