Manchin to Back Hyde Amendment ‘In Every Way Possible’

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, has vowed to fight hard for the Hyde Amendment, a rule which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions.

“I’m going to support Hyde in every way possible,” Manchin told a Bloomberg reporter this week.

Two other Democrats, Bob Casey, Jr. (PA) and Tim Kaine (VA) have also vowed to apply the Hyde Amendment to the annual appropriations bills.

Manchin, Casey, and Kaine also backed pro-life protections in Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, signing on to a proposed amendment that would have prohibited taxpayer-funding for abortions in the bill.

Their amendment was rejected, a decision which Manchin decried, pointing out that such pro-life protections have been included in all such bills — always with bipartisan support — since shortly after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion.

Amid an unprecedented push to dispense with the Hyde amendment in budget bills, the U.S. Bishops have confronted Congress and the Biden administration on behalf of the unborn.

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