Republicans Fight to Have Pro-Life Measures Included in Infrastructure Bill

US House committees have finished writing their portions of the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill, which contains much of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. However, pro-life protections that have been a regular part of federal budgets for decades are missing in the bill. Republicans in both chambers are firing back saying they are not going to let this bill pass without any pro-life protections. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise says “It’s really appalling that President Biden is trying to abandon over 40 years of bipartisan work, going back to when Henry Hyde finally got a Democrat majority Congress to agree that taxpayer funds should not be used to fund abortions.” The Hyde Amendment is not the only pro-life protection missing from the bill, the Helms Amendment which prohibits foreign aid funds to be used for abortions and the Weldon Amendment which allows pro-life conscience protections for health care workers are also being left out. Representative Andy Harris who is also a doctor says, “The majority, a very clear majority of Americans, even some Americans who are pro-abortion believe that taxpayer funding should not be used to pay for it.” The Church agrees, with the USCCB stating, “We urge all members of Congress and the administration to work in good faith without forcing Americans to pay for the deliberate destruction of unborn human life.” Capitol Hill Correspondent, Erik Rosales reports.

 

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