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48 Senators tell Sen. Schumer they will oppose any spending bill that does not contain Hyde Amendment protections

by | Feb 5, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

On January 26, NRL News Today reported that 200 House Republicans, firmly supported by pro-life organizations such as National Right to Life, sent a letter to Congressional leadership “to express our unified opposition to Congressional Democrats’ efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment and other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions.” 

Today, 48 Republican senators sent a letter to Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), in which they “pledged to oppose any spending bill that does not contain the Hyde amendment or other pro-life protections,” according to Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review Online. No Democrat senator signed the letter nor did two Republican senators

DeSanctis wrote that the letter “was spearheaded by Montana senator Steve Daines, who founded and chairs the Senate Pro-Life Caucus.” 

“Abortion is not health care; rather, it is a brutal procedure that destroys the life of an innocent unborn child,” the letter states. “The Hyde Amendment reflects a consensus that millions of pro-life Americans who are profoundly opposed to abortion should not be coerced into paying for it or incentivizing it with their taxpayer dollars.” 

The Hyde Amendment bars almost all federal funding of elective abortions and is credited with saving at least two million lives. Prior to the Hyde Amendment, the number of abortions paid for by Medicaid was up to 300,000 and rising.

Protecting the Hyde Amendment has taken off a special urgency with both Houses of Congress now controlled  by pro-abortion Democrats and President Biden having flipped from support to opposition. DeSanctis also reported that the letter alluded to the Marist poll which showed strong opposition to paying for domestic abortions (58% ) and even more opposition to paying for abortions overseas (77% ).

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