Democrats are again attempting to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funding from being allocated to abortion providers.
The Hyde Amendment does allow some exceptions, such as cases where the mother’s life is at risk or in the case of incest and rape.
As the United States becomes increasingly divided, the once-bipartisan Hyde Amendment is now at risk to be repealed, according to The Daily Wire.
As Republicans push to pass legislation to codify the Hyde Amendment, Democrats are attempting to repeal it completely. If the Hyde Amendment is repealed, conservative citizens will be forced to pay for abortions with their taxes.
According to a June AP-NORC poll, 61% of Americans feel that abortion should be legal within the first trimester period.
This number decreased to 34% in the second trimester, and 19% in the third trimester.
Rep. John Joyce (R-Pennsylvania) spoke out in support of the Hyde Amendment, warning the House of the consequences of repealing it.
“I rise today in strong support of the nearly 2.5 million children who’s lives have been saved by the Hyde Amendment. This landmark legislation has been part of every budget in congress that we have passed since 1976.”
Joyce continued, “As a doctor, I know that the dignity of life is a fundamental truth. To turn our backs on this amendment will not only subvert the will of the American people; it will cost lives.”
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The pro-life vs. pro-choice debate has raged for decades and remains as heated as ever.
The Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision rules that abortions are legal to be performed up until the baby is 24 weeks old, considered the age of viability.
Many conservative Americans strongly disagree with the sentiment for various reasons, but the pro-life community is the most outspoken.
Many pro-lifers instead believe that life is created upon conception, meaning they completely disagree with abortion in general.
The more lenient pro-lifers are still not content with the Roe v. Wade decision, as the baby is moving and hearing at 24 weeks.
Some states, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Ohio, have defied Roe v. Wade and made abortion illegal after 20 weeks.
On the other side of the debate, the pro-choice citizens mostly believe women should be able to have abortions in the third-trimester, some being content with abortion until the very last days of pregnancy.
It is unclear whether Democrats will be successful in repealing the Hyde Amendment, however Republicans will certainly fight it until the end.