House Democrats are waging a political war on a current law, the Hyde Amendment, that bans use of tax dollars for abortion.
On Wednesday, House Democrats introduced legislation that would allow government-funded health care plans to pay for abortion services, something that, rightly so has been blocked for nearly 40 years.
Liberals, and Democrats believe that the government should provide taxpayer funded abortions for women who cannot afford them. They believe that the decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government must protect this right.
US News reported:
“Regardless of how someone personally feels about abortion, none of us, especially elected officials, should be interfering with a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions just because she is poor,” Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat and the bill’s lead sponsor, said during a press conference at the Capitol.
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act targets the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 provision that blocks federal money from going to pay for abortions, with exceptions for cases of rape or incest or when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger. Hyde Amendment language is frequently included on spending legislation and is attached to the annual bill paying for Medicaid.
“We are done playing defense against attacks on women’s health,” said bill sponsor Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. “Today’s introduction of the EACH Woman Act marks the first step in our march towards the day when each and every woman can make her own decisions about pregnancy.”
Despite support from nearly 70 members of the House, the ‘EACH Woman Act’ is almost certainly dead when brought before the Republican-controlled Congress.
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