Today The Hill reported that presidential hopeful Joe Biden still supports a “controversial abortion rule.”
In fact, Biden appears to be the only Democratic candidate who supports the rule.
What is this controversial rule, you might ask?
It’s the Hyde Amendment that generally prevents federal funds from being used to kill unborn children.
As you may know, the Hyde Amendment technically isn’t a federal amendment at all. It’s language tacked onto the federal budget each year that says federal funds won’t be used to pay for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life and health of the mother.
The Hyde Amendment is a delicate compromise that congress settled for regarding abortion 43 years ago, and it wasn’t really deemed “controversial” by politicians or pundits until relatively recently.
It’s baffling why the Hyde Amendment has become such a hot topic in recent years.
This is a bipartisan budget provision that’s been on the books for more than four decades, and all it does is prevent Americans from being forced to subsidize abortions with their tax dollars.
Abortion advocates have often said, “If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one.”
Without the Hyde Amendment, however, even if you don’t like abortion and don’t have an abortion, you could still be forced to pay for an abortion with your taxes.