Displaying 30+ Stories
Allow Ads
CBNNews.com

Incoming Dem Leader Wants to Repeal Hyde Amendment Which Prohibits Using Federal Funding to Pay for Abortions

12-28-2020
Image Source: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Al Drago/Pool Photo via AP, File
Image Source: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Al Drago/Pool Photo via AP, File

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who is set to take over the House Appropriations Committee in January, has vowed to eliminate the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding from paying for abortions.

"This is the last year," DeLauro said at a Dec. 8 hearing about the negative effects of the policy. 

"The time has come in this current moment to reckon with the norm, with the status quo," she said. "The Hyde Amendment is a discriminatory policy," DeLauro added. "Now is the time to empower all women to make deeply personal life decisions without politicians inserting themselves into the doctor's office."

DeLauro had previously indicated her desire to rescind the Hyde Amendment, which was enacted more than 40 years ago. But removing the policy from spending bills would require consent from the US Senate and its Republican majority.

Additionally, she highlighted how the policy impacts "communities of color."

"More than half (58%) of the women affected by the Hyde Amendment are women of color. Almost one-third (31%) are black, 27% Latina, nearly one-fifth (19%) Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander women as well as indigenous women also covered by Medicaid," DeLauro explained.  

"While the Labor/HHS/Education bill has carried the Hyde Amendment every year since 1976, this is the last year," she added. "The inequities in our country's healthcare system that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic all further expose the impact of the Hyde Amendment. All of these issues deny the humanity of people of color and their ability to do well for their families and their communities."  

A bill to reverse the Hyde Amendment has 24 Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate and 186 Democratic co-sponsors in the House, including all of the associates in Connecticut's congressional delegation.

DeLauro can choose to terminate the amendment from next year's spending bills, then consult with the Senate to persuade them to follow her lead. If Democrats take over as the majority party in the Senate in January, her efforts could be successful.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE FREE CBN NEWS APP 
Click Here Get the App with Special Alerts on Breaking News and Top Stories

Have you have had an abortion, are contemplating ending your pregnancy, or would like pregnancy-related resources, please click here.

Need prayer? We’re available 24/7. Call (800) 700-7000 or request prayer.

Learn why Truth Matters at CBN News.
CBN Partners provide hope to those who are suffering! You can help bring hope today!
Bring Hope

Did you know?

God is everywhere—even in the news. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. But it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to do what we do. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1.