The Hyde Amendment, the annually renewed law that bars abortion funding through Medicaid — except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s life — could become permanent.
Christian Headlines reported that the U.S. House of Representatives voted 238 to 183 to codify the amendment, called the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. An excerpt:
Since it was instituted in 1976, three years after Roe v. Wade, the Hyde Amendment has saved over two million lives, according to an estimate from the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
The bill would also ensure that taxpayers do not have to fund abortion via their healthcare. The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, has sparked controversy for that very reason, most notably in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell.
According to a 2017 Marist poll, the majority of Americans (61 percent) do not support tax dollars going to fund abortion.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) called the bill a “common-sense measure.” Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) said it made her “heartsick” to hear some of her colleagues celebrating abortion in the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and stressed the need to protect life.
The problem with the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act is that it contains the same exceptions to the funding ban as Hyde. Taxpayers must pay up if the baby was conceived in rape or incest and his mother doesn’t want him, or if continuing the pregnancy risks the mother’s life.
Abortion is an act many pro-lifers consider murder. Even on the unlikely chance that a woman will die if she continues with the pregnancy, pro-life taxpayers still don’t want their money to fund the baby’s death.
An OB/GYN said that neither patient has to die in “danger to life” late-term pregnancy cases. If it came to that, a surgeon could deliver the baby via Cesarean section and save both patients.
The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act heads to the Republican-majority Senate for a vote.