Biden eliminates Hyde amendment from 2022 budget request

President Joe Biden on Friday did not include a 45 year-old pro-life policy in his final budget request to Congress for the 2022 fiscal year, thus allowing for funding of abortions.

The Hyde Amendment, enacted into law since 1976, bars federal funding of most elective abortions in Medicaid. It is not permanent law, and is attached as a rider to budget bills specifying that the health care funding therein cannot be used for elective abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake.

Biden has pledged to repeal the policy, and did not include it in his final budget request released on Friday.

The chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee on Friday decried taxpayer-funded abortion as a “failure” that will “subsidize the deaths of unborn children.”

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