Abortion has long been a hot topic among Republicans and Democrats. The spin on the left about this issue is extensive. Democrats blast anyone who calls themselves pro-life, instead arguing that the issue is about the mother’s healthcare and not her unborn child. They seem to deny the child’s existence until he or she is born. Pro-life supporters take both sides as they seek to improve the chances of life of both the mother and the child.
Ever since the historic Roe v. Wade decision, abortions have been legal in the United States. Groups such as Planned Parenthood have received significant portions of their funding from the federal government. They claim they keep the money separate and use federal money only for women’s healthcare and other money for abortions.
While that may be true on paper, the reality is that the federal money allows organizations such as Planned Parenthood to continue to perform abortions at will as long as they do not make it look like they do on paper.
The House of Representatives took a significant step towards eliminating that possibility, voting 238 to 183 to permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortion. The “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act” makes the Hyde Amendment permanent. The amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions through Medicaid and has a required annual renewal.
If passed into law, the new legislation will make that mandate permanent and eliminate the annual renewal requirement.
“Pro-life groups estimate the Hyde Amendment has saved more than two million lives since it was passed 40 years ago,” According to The Federalist Papers Project. Democrats have not surprisingly opposed the new legislation arguing that it goes “well beyond” the Hyde Amendment. The legislation reportedly “allows for transparency on abortion coverage in healthcare plans.”
The issue will no doubt heat up the rhetoric that already exists on the subject. Pro-life women were reportedly prohibited for formally participating in the Women’s March on Saturday. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-NC, said she was “’heartsick’ to hear her colleagues celebrating the recent anniversary of Roe v. Wade and called them out for labeling abortion ‘care’ instead of ‘taking life.’”
The bill will next head to the Senate where the debate will continue.
Source: The Federalist Papers Project