Catholic bishops warn the Joe Biden administration’s proposed repeal of the Hyde Amendment will see Americans pay for abortions across the United States from their tax dollars. The religious leaders urged Catholic believers to send “a loud and clear message” to U.S. Congress that taxpayer money should not be spent on killing unborn babies.
President Biden released his $6 trillion fiscal year 2022 budget in late May. The budget eliminates the old Hyde Amendment and permits using federal funds to cover the cost of terminating pregnancies.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, N.J., and other bishops recently spoke out after receiving the news. They encouraged Catholic groups across America to lobby Democratic lawmakers to restore the amendment.
“It is crucially important that we send a loud and clear message that the amendment has far-reaching public support and should not be repealed,” Tobin said in letter to his archdiocese. “Members of Congress need to hear from as many of us as possible.”
Tobin invited all to visit the No Taxpayer Abortion website and sign the petition to rally as much support as possible before July 16. The cardinal hopes this will send Congress “an urgent message” to keep the amendment.
When Biden was a presidential candidate, he promised the most radical pro-abortion groups in the country that he would eliminate the Hyde Amendment. His new budget proposal makes good on this promise by eliminating the same amendment that accompanied all budgets since 1970.
Democrats and Republicans, in spite of their differences, had previously managed to reach a consensus and keep the amendment in the budget. However, leftist ideologies increasingly crept into the Democratic Party and, in 2021, leaders finally sided with the abortion industry that rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Several pro-life groups quickly opposed the bill and accused the Biden administration of slaughtering unborn babies at the hands of the U.S. government.
Susan B. Anthony List Director Marjorie Dannenfelser strongly condemned the president.
“For more than four decades, the Hyde family of pro-life policies has kept American taxpayers out of the abortion business, with the Hyde Amendment itself saving nearly 2.5 million lives,” she said according to Life News. “The Biden budget throws that longstanding, bipartisan consensus out the window to fulfill a campaign promise to the radical abortion lobby.”
Congress was still due to pass the latest budget at the time of publication. Although there is little hope of a Democrat majority-led veto, Dannenfelser urged all pro-life supporters in Congress to be “courageous in the fight to preserve the common Hyde principle and reject any budget that omits vital pro-life protections.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other pro-life organizations are doing everything they can to restore the Hyde Amendment. They have written letters, contacted legislators, gathered signatures and more to try to reverse the situation. They also encourage every American to speak out against the Democratic Party’s radical pro-abortion agenda.
Despite growing outcry, a House subcommittee took the first step towards forcing Americans to fund abortions on July 12. Subcommittee members voted in favor of a spending bill that excludes the amendment.
The Hyde Amendment has effectively slowed the abortion industry, saving the lives of more than 2.4 million babies since 1976, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.