LifeNews: Since 1980, a small line item in the annual Health and Human Services appropriations bill has passed with little fanfare. Yet in recent months, the so-called Hyde Amendment – which bans federal tax dollars from paying for abortions – has made headlines and received significant attention as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and pro-abortion politicians have called for its abolishment.
So what is the Hyde Amendment and why is it so vital to protecting the rights of both born and unborn Americans?
What is the Hyde Amendment?
Originally passed in 1976, three years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade, the Hyde Amendment is named after one of its biggest advocates, the late congressman Henry Hyde. The amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions, and as a rider to the HHS appropriations bill, must be passed each year. There have been various iterations of the amendment’s language over the past 40 years, but the current version includes exceptions that allow Medicaid funds to be used for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother – but all other federal taxpayer funding of abortion is banned. MORE