The letter, signed by 26 Republican committee members, came two days before the White House on Friday made its discretionary budget request for the upcoming fiscal year.
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The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute has estimated that the policy has resulted in fewer abortions each year, with a cumulative total of more than 2.4 million lives saved since it was enacted in 1976.
Last week, the House passed a nearly $2 trillion COVID relief bill without including the Hyde Amendment, a departure from last year’s CARES Act which included the abortion funding restrictions and which received bipartisan support.
The Senate’s arcane rules regarding the reconciliation process provided the mechanism whereby the narrow Democratic majority was able to circumvent a potential GOP filibuster.
Pro-abortion lawmakers push for complete removal of abortion restrictions in upcoming fiscal 2022 budget.
In their letter on Tuesday, the Republican members stated that Hyde is estimated to have resulted in more than two million fewer abortions since 1976, “and continues to protect the conscience rights of a vast majority of Americans opposed to publicly funded abortions.”
Although President Biden did not unveil any pro-abortion policies on his first day in office, he is expected to overturn the Mexico City Policy and repeal the Hyde Amendment.
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Rep. Rosa DeLauro and other Democrats signaled in Tuesday’s hearing that ending Hyde is more of a priority than ever.