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New Poll: Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District Opposes Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

by | Jul 26, 2021

Louisiana Right to Life Calls on Rep. Carter to Represent District and Oppose Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Federal Budget

NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana Right to Life and Louisiana Black Advocates for Life have released the results of a commissioned poll showing that the majority of likely voters of Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, represented by Congressman Troy Carter, are opposed to the taxpayer funding of abortion. With a looming debate in Washington over the federal budget, the Hyde Amendment, and the taxpayer funding of abortion, the poll provides context for Congressman Carter’s consideration on the matter.

In short, the poll found that:

51% of the 2nd Congressional District oppose the tax funding of abortion, while only 31% support it.

44% of the 2nd Congressional District identified as “pro-choice,” while 42% identified as “pro-life.”

The Hyde Amendment, applied to Labor, Health and Human Services funding, has been adopted in the federal budget every year since 1976 and prevents Medicaid dollars from funding abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, and situations where the life of the mother is in danger. The Hyde Amendment has been received bipartisan support of elected officials for many years.

However, President Biden’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget does not include the Hyde Amendment. If the budget is adopted without the Hyde Amendment, abortions would be funded for Medicaid-eligible women by the tax dollars of Americans for the first time since 1976.

“While there may be a diversity of opinion on abortion in the 2nd Congressional District, the majority of citizens in the district oppose the taxpayer funding of abortion,” Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper said. “We call on Congressman Carter to oppose any legislation or federal budget that would weaken or eliminate the Hyde Amendment and expand the taxpayer funding of abortion. We understand that we may not always find agreement with Congressman Carter on abortion, but with the backing of his district, we believe opposition to the taxpayer funding of abortion is one area of common ground we can reach together.”

For more about the poll, click here.

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