Lankford Saves Hyde Amendment with Late-Night Move

Pro-life groups praised the Senate on Wednesday for narrowly approving language against taxpayer-funded abortion.

The language was part of a budget resolution, a procedural step toward eventual passage of the Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion spending package for the 2022 fiscal year. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced the pro-life amendment, which was included in the resolution by a vote of 50-49.

Lankford’s amendment is non-binding, but some pro-life leaders saw its passage as significant as they work to prevent Congress from including abortion funding in next year’s budget.

“American taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fund abortions or to subsidize the dangerous work of abortionists,” stated Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Denise Burke on Wednesday.

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