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Taxpayer funded abortion screams subsidies for the abortion industry

by | Aug 5, 2021

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Every once in a while, the mainstream news media stumbles upon the truth about the life-or-death issue of abortion.

I was pleasantly surprised recently when my hometown newspaper printed my letter to the editor about the all-important Hyde Amendment, which bars federal taxpayer funding of abortion, except in rare circumstances.

Even a news publication with a pro-abortion editorial stance on occasion can be willing to air a grievance against hard-earned tax dollars being funneled to the abortion industry.

It’s an issue that cuts across party lines. For instance, a McLaughlin poll from November of 2020 showed that a whopping 69 percent of Independents and a near-majority of Democrats (49 percent) voice opposition to tax funding of abortion.

Overall, the McLaughlin survey found that 64 percent of Americans oppose the use of tax dollars for the abortion of preborn babies. It can be rare for 64 percent of Americans to agree on anything these days, so the level of opposition has to be taken seriously.

When the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Keystone State affiliate of National Right to Life, put out a legislative alert about the Hyde Amendment, the reaction was swift and strong. Advocates for life were eager to contact U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and let the lawmakers know they wanted the Hyde Amendment preserved.

In correspondence to constituents, both Casey—a Democrat—and Toomey—a Republican—have expressed support for Hyde. Still, it is important for voters to raise their voices in a chorus of confirmation for the Amendment.

Taxpayers have a visceral reaction to their money being used for activities that violate their values. Abortion, which involves the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life, is one of those issues that disturb the conscience and strike at the heart of our fundamental beliefs.

Even some of those who describe themselves as “pro-choice” object to their tax money being used to pay for abortion. In the interests of fairness, there appears to these individuals to be something patently unfair about paying for someone else’s decision to abort.

We live in a society where money talks. Tax money for abortion does not simply talk—it screams subsidies for the abortion industry, an industry that leaves defenseless human beings dead and mothers left to grieve their lost children. 

 The best estimate is 2.4 million children and adults are walking this earth who simply would not be here, were it not for the protections the Hyde Amendment provides. We owe it to them—and to future generations—to defend Hyde.   

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