Today, the House Appropriations Committee will vote on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill. Democrats want to use this bill to force taxpayers to fund abortions.
In May, the Biden Administration released their proposed budget. The budget purposely eliminated the longstanding, bipartisan Hyde Amendment that prevents your taxpayer funds from paying for abortions.
Today, the Democratic-led Appropriations Committee is following suit by pushing through a funding bill that repeals the life-saving Hyde Amendment. Republican members will be offering key amendments to right this wrong and include the Hyde protections.
To date, the Hyde Amendment has saved at least over 2.4 million children. We must do everything we can to ensure this life-saving protection remains in the Appropriations bill- just as it has for over 40 years!
The Democrats’ agenda is clear, but once again shows they are out-of-touch with America. Most Americans do not believe that families should be forced to give their hard-earned money to fund elective procedures that end human life made in the image of God.
What can you do?
Be sure to sign the I Identify as a Human from Conception petition today, and if your U.S. Representative serves on the House Appropriations Committee, he or she will receive a copy before they vote. They need to understand that Americans do not support forced funding of abortions when they consider whether to vote yes or NO on the funding bill that would gut the Hyde Amendment!
Thank you for doing your part in protecting the lives of preborn children in America!
It’s not enough that the Biden Administration and their allies in Congress are taking every opportunity to appease their Big Abortion funders. Now they want you to fund their radical abortion agenda.
In May, the Biden Administration released their proposed budget. But the most interesting thing about the budget wasn’t what was in it—but what was missing from it.
The Biden budget eliminated the longstanding, bipartisan Hyde Amendment that prevents your taxpayer funds from paying for abortions.
Now, the Democratic leadership in the House is following suit by releasing a funding bill that repeals the life-saving Hyde Amendment.
Their agenda is clear, but once again shows how out-of-touch they are with America. The majority of Americans do not believe that families should be forced to give their hard-earned money to fund elective procedures that end human life made in the image of God.
It’s time to take a stand.
As Congress launches full-force into their budget process, we know the fight to save Hyde (and the millions of babies saved because of the Hyde Amendment) will be an uphill battle.
That’s why we’re asking you to join us by signing a petition to the Biden Administration and the U.S. House and Senate, stating:
Calling abortion “health care” is deeply offensive to those of us who identify as humans from conception because abortion is a violent act toward the mother and child.
Forcing taxpayers, including those of us who identify as humans from conception, to fund the violent act of abortion, is discriminatory and the Hyde Amendment must be restored.
The Biden Administration and their congressional allies say that giving taxpayer money to abortion entities is a “cost-saving” measure—not to the taxpayer, but to Planned Parenthood! Our human dignity should not be devalued so that Planned Parenthood can line their pockets.
Read the petition and sign here.
The Biden Administration and their allies in Congress clearly have an agenda to drive forward abortion at every opportunity. It’s time for Americans to take a stand against an agenda that has cost hundreds of thousands of human lives every year. To put it in perspective, it is reported that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the deaths of over 370,000 Americans last year. Abortions in the U.S. took the lives of about two times that number in 2020.
The Biden Administration and their allies may have an agenda, but they need to hear from us that:
- We will not stand for the taking of innocent human life, and we will not pay for it.
- Public rhetoric calling abortion “health care” and forcing Americans to pay for it is deeply offensive and discriminatory to all who identify as human from the moment of conception.
Be part of changing the narrative—and the public policy—when it comes to the abortion debate.
Vice President, Strategy
P.S. Please share the “I Identify as a Human” petition on social media to spread the word & use the hashtag #HumanSinceConception to post about why you signed!
P.P.S. By the way, the news isn’t all bad! There are strong leaders in the House and Senate fighting to save the Hyde Amendment—such as House and Senate leadership including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). Importantly, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03), who chairs the largest conservative caucus in the House, is leading an effort of 200 Representatives who pledge to oppose any funding bill that eliminates or weakens the Hyde Amendment! We need to pray with them and stand with them. They’ve asked us to help spread the word, so please sign the petition here!
Did you get a chance to see our live video today? If you didn’t, we’ve made the recording available here, and across all our social media platforms. In recognition of the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, pro-life advocate Christina Bennett and policy expert Stephanie Curry discussed the history of Planned Parenthood, the impact of abortion on minority communities, and what you need to know TODAY to take action.
Get to know Stephanie and Christina:
Stephanie Curry, Esq. serves as Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance. She frequently lends her policy expertise to state and national policy discussions and has provided commentary on a variety of news outlets including Fox (Tucker Carlson) and the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Christina Bennett serves as Communications Director for the Family Institute of Connecticut. Prior to working for FIC, Christina worked as the Client Services Manager for a Connecticut Pregnancy Resource Center. Christina has testified before Congress in favor of the Hyde Amendment, protecting taxpayers from forced funding of abortion and countering a false narrative that the Hyde Amendment is “racist.” She is a speaker with Ambassadors International and a writer for Live Action News.
Watch the video recording here:
One of the most compelling parts of the discussion came when Stephanie reminded us that Planned Parenthood was rooted in racist, eugenics-based ideas – so much that Hitler was inspired by Planned Parenthood’s founder when he pursued his own horrific actions.
Stephanie reminded us, “We’ve been down the road of eugenics. We’ve been down the road of using birth control and abortion to eliminate certain populations and people groups. And it doesn’t end well. It’s a horrendous, horrific thing where the world suffers when our people – our children – are eliminated.”
Thankfully, for decades the federal Hyde Amendment has prevented federal government dollars from funding abortion. But as Stephanie pointed out, some in Congress want to remove or weaken those protections, allowing federal government dollars (tax dollars!) to fund abortions.
Stephanie rightly called this “absolutely a disgrace,” adding, “That’s not care. That’s not a choice. Genocide is not a choice.”
As Christina added near the end of the video, “Being pro-life has to be more than just a position that you hold. People say to you, ‘Are you pro-life?’ ‘Yes, I am pro-life, no I’m not pro-life.’ Well, it has to be more than a position that you hold. It has to be an action that you take.”
Will you take action today by contacting your member of Congress?
Policy and Communications Strategist
On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on what would be the most expensive bill to ever pass the House, H.R. 6800. Speaker Pelosi’s “Heroes Act” is marketed as a necessary response to COVID-19, but conservatives – who refer to the bill as “Pelosi’s Social Wish List Act” – insist it has nothing to do with responsibly responding to the Coronavirus, but instead, propping up her liberal base. With a price tag of $3 trillion, there are line items for hundreds of causes and special interests, but a couple got our attention in particular.
First, the bill excludes Hyde Amendment protections for furloughed employees’ COBRA insurance premiums. That means there are no protections to ensure federal funds are not used to subsidize abortions.
Second, the “Heroes Act” provides federal banking privileges to marijuana businesses. The bill would grant “safe harbor” to Big Marijuana for banking and investments despite the fact that it’s an illegal drug in America.
The bill includes several other non-germane, controversial items, including a mandate to collect “hate crimes” data, a “blanket release” for certain federal prisoners, an expansion of Obamacare through a “special enrollment period,” and several provisions to federalize elections.
Fiscal conservatives have a long list of concerns with the bill, chief among them the continuation of $600 unemployment insurance supplements through Jan. 31, 2021 at the earliest. The bill would also make illegal immigrants eligible for direct stimulus payments and permanently disallow SNAP rulemaking pertaining to work requirements and eligibility.
It is not an overstatement to say the bill contains a laundry list of liberal policies. Unfortunately, even in a time of national crisis, liberal forces are still very much at work to erode our freedoms and compromise our values.
The “Heroes Act” highlights the importance of legislative leadership. While the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is poised to pass the bill on Friday, it is thankfully not expected to receive a vote in the Senate led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). However, concern exists that the bill will be used as a bargaining chip to get the Senate to vote on and pass something similar in the future. For that reason and the poor merits of the bill, it is important that we let our voices be heard in Congress today!
Please send a message to your Member of Congress and ask that he or she vote NO on H.R. 6800.
Thanks for making your voice heard!
Vice President for Strategy
I find it gratifying to see how Americans, and more specifically North Dakotans, are banding together to deal with the current coronavirus pandemic. It’s truly encouraging to see neighbors helping neighbors, individuals and communities working to protect the elderly and others in high risk groups, and governmental agencies putting aside differences to work together to address this pressing issue. However, not everyone is onboard. In fact, one person is exploiting this situation for her own benefit and fundamentally sacrificing some American lives for the sake of others. That person is Representative Nancy Pelosi.
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was using the coronavirus crisis to seek funding to take more lives through abortions. Pelosi’s coronavirus plan included a billion-dollar funding stream with a provision that would have excluded the Hyde Amendment, which has protected against taxpayer funding of abortions for decades. It would have meant that your and my tax dollars would fund the killing of innocent preborn infants.
The good news is that White House negotiators discovered the provision, and along with pro-life House leaders, successfully fought to remove it from the bill late Thursday. The bad news is that Speaker Pelosi is now pushing a separate bill that will do the same thing.
While Representative Pelosi disagrees with nearly every biblical value you and I hold dear, I find this particular action of hers to be truly contemptible. She is capitalizing on Americans’ fears by trying to sneak through a radical measure to exclude longstanding pro-life protections. But perhaps most importantly, she is willing to end the lives of some Americans by trading them for others. She is playing God.
Her new bill could come before the U.S. House of Representatives soon, and your voice to Congress is needed! Please contact our members of Congress, Representative Armstrong and Senators Hoeven and Cramer, to urge them to oppose any effort to allow taxpayer funding of abortions through Speaker Pelosi’s exploitation of this pandemic situation.
I regularly thank you, our ministry partners, for engaging when asked to help. This means financially, through prayer, and through Action Alerts. This is your chance to engage through the latter. You can send this important message to our congressmen in seconds, through our Action Center.
All three of our members of Congress have been strong pro-life advocates in DC, ever since they were elected, for which we are extremely thankful. Let’s make sure they know this life vote also really matters to North Dakotans!
President and Executive Director
Yesterday, government leaders at every level were taking unprecedented action to protect American lives from the coronavirus. At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was using the crisis to seek funding to take more lives through abortions.
You read that correctly – trading lives for lives!
Pelosi’s coronavirus plan included a billion-dollar funding stream with a provision that would have excluded the Hyde Amendment — which has protected against taxpayer funding of abortions for decades.
The good news is that White House negotiators discovered the provision, and they, along with pro-life
House leaders, fought successfully to remove it from the bill late Thursday.
The bad news is that Speaker Pelosi is now pushing a separate bill that will do the same thing. That bill could come before the U.S. House of Representatives soon. Your voice to Congress is needed!
Pelosi’s gambit is outrageous for lots of reasons:
- She was capitalizing on Americans’ fears – and the urgency of the situation – to try to sneak through a radical measure to exclude longstanding pro-life protections.
- At a time when most Americans are unified around saving lives, her devotion to the abortion industry is so strong that she tried to use this crisis to advance a policy that will take more lives.
- The bottom line: No matter the timing or situation, forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions is unconscionable.
But now this battle has shifted. Instead of a sneak attack, it’s out in the open.
Please contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose any effort to allow taxpayer funding of abortions. Even if you’re not sure who your member is, you can send a message in 30 seconds on our Action Center.
Thank you for making your voice heard for life!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
As I talk to people about abortion related laws, most people are shocked that they still have to pay for abortions through their taxes under federal and state law. Many people are confused about how abortion providers still receive tax dollars especially in a state like Kansas where our legislature has repeatedly passed laws stating that state revenue should not go to fund abortions.
It happens in a couple different ways. First, it happens because federal dollars can still go to abortion providers through Title X Family Planning Services. The Hyde Amendment, which has been attached to every budget since 1976, is meant to ensure that federal funds don’t directly fund abortions. However, Title X funding has been used as a slush fund for abortion providers. Essentially, the government subsidizes certain work of these businesses – family planning services – so the businesses can then use other funds to provide abortion services.
This year the Trump Administration issued the Protect Life Rule which would prohibit Title X funds from going to abortion providers or those that refer for abortions. Even though the Supreme Court has repeatedly said that the right to abortion that the Court established in the Roe decision did not provide for government funding for abortion, courts on the West Coast have enjoined this rule meaning that for now, Title X funds can still go to abortion providers. The appeals are still in process but it could be years before this issue is resolved*.
As far as Kansas-specific laws go, in 2015 our legislature passed a law that would have kept state Medicaid funds from going to pay for abortion. Unfortunately, once again a federal court struck down this law. The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of this case, allowing the injunction to stay in place.
So we haven’t been able to completely block funding abortion through the federal government and blocking state funding has also hit some difficulties. These complications became even more apparent in May when the Kansas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Hodes and Nauser creating a fundamental right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution.
Not only did the Court go even further in protecting abortion than the U.S. Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, but it also implied that even under the state law we would have to provide funding for abortion.
The Court relied on three court opinions from other states that required those states fund abortions and one even required a private hospital to provide abortion if the hospital took government money. This doesn’t definitively say that Kansans would have to pay for abortions, but it is a very strong indicator that state-funded abortions are what the Kansas Court had in mind when it created a right to abortion in our Constitution.
Now this may seem very complex and an impossible web to untangle. But it isn’t.
In Kansas we can take a first step to right our own court’s bad opinion. We need to pass a constitutional amendment that says that there is not a right to abortion in our constitution and that our government is not required to pay for it.
These are not simple problems, but if we are willing to consistently work on these issues and ask the Lord for guidance, we may indeed see a day where not only is paying for abortion unthinkable but so is abortion.
Praying alongside you,
Director of Advocacy
- – [NOTE: Since the writing of this article the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals has reversed the lower court and allowed the Protect Life Rule to go into effect.]
Congress will likely decide this week whether to allow taxpayer funding for abortion in Obamacare, and your voice is needed to urge your senators and representative to vote against this scheme.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a pro-abortion Republican, last week demanded – as a condition of her supporting the Republican tax-cut bill – that Obamacare bailout funding be added to the must-pass appropriations bill that will be voted on later this week. Her bailout package contains no language to guard against the use of taxpayer funds for plans that cover abortions.
Such pro-life language – often referred to as the Hyde amendment – is estimated to have saved more than two million lives since it was first enacted in 1976.
Family Policy Alliance has signed on to a letter advising every U.S. senator that any vote in favor of an appropriations bill without Hyde protections will rightly be seen as a pro-abortion vote.
Now it’s critical that senators and congressmen hear the same thing from voters like you. Please take a moment to send a message now, as time is of the essence. We’ve made it simple on our Action Center – with just a click you can get that message to both U.S. senators and your member of Congress.
And then, if you would, please share this widely with friends so that Congress gets an unmistakable pro-life message in this week before Christmas!
Thanks for making your voice heard!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
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