U.S. House Appropriations Committee passes budget without Hyde Amendment – Reversing a restriction on federal tax dollars being used to fund abortions that has existed since the 1970’s.
On July 15th, the House Committee on Appropriations – chaired by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut – advanced the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill, excluding the 46-year-old Hyde Amendment. It also excludes the long-standing Weldon Amendment, which protects the right of medical professionals to not participate in abortions. Eliminating these provisions would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and force health care providers and professionals to perform and refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the legislation by the end of July.
Prior to passage by the Appropriations Committee, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, stated:
“This is the most extreme pro-abortion appropriations bill that we have seen, effectively mandating healthcare professionals to participate in abortion, and forcing American citizens to pay for abortion with their tax dollars. By eliminating the Hyde Amendment, and other Hyde-like policies, the financial fruits of Americans’ labor would advance the destruction of the smallest, most vulnerable humans. Eliminating the Weldon Amendment would be an egregious violation of conscience rights by forcing individuals and entities to perform, pay for, or otherwise participate in an abortion against their beliefs.”
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging all Catholics to take action to preserve the Hyde Amendment and respect the beliefs of individuals concerning abortions. TAKE ACTION NOW by signing the petition below.