On Friday, Biden proposed a budget that would eliminate provisions that prevent taxpayers from funding abortions.
Regarding Biden’s decision to reverse this decades-old policy known as the Hyde Amendment, the move to repeal the provisions is expected.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) May 29, 2021
Hyde Amendment saved nearly 2.5 million babies
On Thursday, the website “Hyde Saves Lives” was launched by Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group. This move was made in anticipation of the forthcoming budget deliberation.
According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the group’s research arm, the Hyde Amendment saved almost 2.5 million babies since the year 1976.
Students for Life of America also claimed that the Biden administration is prioritizing terminating the lives of these children.
Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, also said that there are over two million children, most of them from minority families, who have been saved by the protections provided by the Hyde Amendment, as the law limits taxpayer-funded abortion.
However, others applauded Biden’s move to exclude the decades-old provision.
Fatima Goss Graves, the President of the National Women’s Law Center, likened budgets to values. She said that Biden’s budget is a test of what it means for him to focus on women and families truly. She also added that cutting the restrictions on abortion is an important part of this effort.
Democratic representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) also wrote on Twitter that these types of biased policies placed affordable abortion out of reach for far too long. DeGette then added that it is time to get rid of the policy forever.
The president, who identifies as Catholic, moved to exclude the decade-old provision as he faced rising pressure from Democrats. The budget proposal on Friday was also an indication of his willingness to push Democratic agendas while putting aside Catholic-related concerns.
McCarthy vowed to resist the budget proposal
Repealing the Hyde Amendment is expected to face a difficult battle in the Senate. At present, there are 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats and independent allies in the Senate.
Republican and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy vowed to resist the budget. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), the Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member, also mentioned that this budget proposal would be “dead on arrival.”
🚨 BREAKING NEWS→ President Biden is destroying decades of settled precedent by calling for direct taxpayer-funded abortion.
The #BidenBudget is the most reckless & irresponsible budget proposal in my lifetime. It's wrong for America.
My full statement: https://t.co/wG4atRrWrZ
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 28, 2021
Graham stated that Biden’s budget proposal, just like all the other proposals the president made, will be “dead on arrival.”
The ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee also mentioned that the proposal is “insanely expensive.” It also dramatically raises spending and taxes that are non-defense related. Accordingly, Graham mentioned that if this persists, it will weaken the Department of Defense.
Graham added that a serious discussion regarding government funding would be made. However, the budget proposal of Biden relating to abortion is not serious, and it will not be made part of these discussions.