WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – President Joe Biden is proposing the elimination of the Hyde Amendment, along with other longstanding limits on federal taxpayer funding of abortion, in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2023.
Traditionally included every year in federal budgets with little objection, the Hyde Amendment is estimated to have saved more than 2 million lives since its adoption decades ago, by forbidding most taxpayer dollars from funding abortions except for cases of rape, incest, or threat to a mother’s life.
The Dornan Amendment, meanwhile, prohibits taxpayer funding for abortions in the District of Columbia, and the Aderholt Amendment prohibits the creation of gene-edited embryos for medical experimentation, such as three-parent embryos.
Biden’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 calls for repealing all three amendments, as well as funding increases for various programs through which the federal government supports the abortion industry, including Title X, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, and the United Nations Population Fund.
Other highlights of concern include $5 million for “implicit bias training” grants for healthcare workers, which critics fear could be used to discriminate against pro-life health workers; the elimination of funding for sexual risk avoidance education, expansion of abortifacient contraceptives and embryo-destructive in-vitro fertilization procedures at the U.S. Veterans Administration; and authority to fund the promotion of “gender equality” abroad, circumventing prohibitions on taxpayer funding of abortion or abortion promotion internationally.
These revelations follow Congress’s approval of the previous federal spending deal, which retained the Hyde and Weldon (which bars discrimination against recipients of federal money on the basis of their refusal to participate in abortion) amendments but contained a $200 million earmark for the Biden administration’s Gender Equity & Equality Action Fund, which could be used to promote abortion.
It remains to be seen how Biden’s FY 2023 budget will fare in an evenly-divided Senate, where moderate Democrat and crucial swing vote Joe Manchin has previously said he would not support past spending deals if they eliminated Hyde.