A bill has been submitted in the U.S. House to make the Hyde Amendment permanent law, forever barring the use of federal tax money for terminating preborn children. John Rutherford (R-Florida) was one of the congressional members who recently asked the chamber for its unanimous consent to vote on the measure.
"It's what the majority of Americans want, and, in fact, a recent Marist poll found that nearly 60% of American taxpayers oppose taxpayer-funded abortion," he told the House. "It's shocking and heartbreaking the Democrats would remove this critical protection from the law after supporting it for over 40 years."
Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) then rose to speak of Kansans' love for preborn babies, more than 2.5 million of whom have been saved by the Hyde Amendment.
"In Congress we should follow the lead of Kansans and recognize the intrinsic value of human life," Estes declared. "Yet the left continues to push radical and unscientific policies that end the lives of unborn babies. And what's worse, they want to pay for their abortion-on-demand policies with your tax dollars, a provision that has wide bipartisan opposition."
But since House Speaker Pelosi and her fill-ins have rejected debate and a vote more than 50 times now, the House seems likely to approve the use of tax money for abortion. That leaves the battle for the Hyde Amendment in the hands of the U.S. Senate.