Urge Your Members of Congress to Save the Hyde Amendment - Call Now!

Call now to stop taxpayer-funded abortion.

As work begins on FY2022 Appropriations, Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has publicly indicated on numerous occasions that the FY2022 bill will not contain the Hyde Amendment. 

The Hyde Amendment is attached annually to the appropriations bill that includes funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, and it applies only to the funds contained in that bill, including Medicaid. Like the annual appropriations bill itself, the Hyde Amendment expires every September 30th, the end of the federal fiscal year. 

Funding bans, similar to Hyde, have been attached to programs funded through other funding streams [e.g., international aid (Helms Amendment), the federal employee health benefits program (Smith Amendment), the District of Columbia abortion funds (Dornan Amendment), Federal prisons, Peace Corps, etc.]. Together these various funding bans form a patchwork of policies that cover most federal programs and the District of Columbia, but many of these funding bans must be re-approved every year.

It was estimated that before the Hyde Amendment took effect, the Medicaid program was paying for about 300,000 elective abortions annually, and the number was escalating rapidly. 

The Hyde Amendment is estimated to have saved over 2.4 million lives.  

National Right to Life believes that the Hyde Amendment has proven itself to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction measure ever enacted by Congress.

There is abundant empirical evidence that where government funding for abortion is not available under Medicaid or the state's equivalent program, at least one-fourth of  Medicaid-eligible women carry their babies to term, who would otherwise procure federally-funded abortions. Some pro-abortion advocacy groups have claimed that the abortion-reduction effect is substantially greater (one-in-three, or even 50 percent).

See more here: http://www.nrlc.org/hyde