Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2021 / 14:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
At a Friday event in support of the Hyde Amendment in Washington, D.C., members of the group Democrats for Life of America called on their party to oppose taxpayer-funded abortion.
The Hyde Amendment, which was named for the late Republican congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions. Since it is not permanent law, it must be attached to individual appropriations bills to take effect.
A growing number of Democrats have called for the repeal of the policy in recent years, including President Joe Biden, who as a 2020 presidential candidate reversed his previous support for the amendment.
“I’ve been working through the finer details of my health care plan like others in this race, and I’ve been struggling with the problems that Hyde now presents,” Biden said at a June 2019 campaign event.
Last month, the House passed a nearly $2 trillion COVID relief bill without Hyde Amendment language; pro-life groups warned that billions of dollars in health care spending could be available for abortion providers and abortion coverage.