Friday, August 09, 2013

The Hyde Amendment: Are we clear on this, yet? It does NOT stop tax funding of Abortion!

"Abortion can't be funded by taxpayer dollars. The Hyde Amendment prevents that from happening."

Heard this before? It's a nice derailing tactic in an argument. Problem is, it's not true.

People need to quit spreading around misinformation about the Hyde amendment:

In U.S. politics, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions with exceptions for incest and rapeIt is not a permanent law, rather it is a “rider that, in various forms, has been routinely attached to annual appropriations bills since 1976. The Hyde Amendment applies only to funds allocated by the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. It primarily affects Medicaid.

More info:

Does the Oregon Health Plan pay for about 4,000 abortions a year? (Politifact Oregon.)


“Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as restricting the ability of any managed care provider from offering abortion coverage or the ability of a State or locality to contract separately with such a provider for such coverage with State funds (other than a State’s or locality’s contribution of Medicaid matching funds).”

GAO to Audit Planned Parenthood & other Abortion Providers that use taxpayer funding.  

ACLJ: How Obamacare uses taxpayer money to pay for Abortions.

ACLU: Public Funding For Abortion:

"Most states have followed the federal government's lead in restricting public funding for abortion.  Currently only seventeen states fund abortions for low-income women on the same or similar terms as other pregnancy-related and general health services.  (See map.)  Four of these states provide funding voluntarily (HI, MD, NY,and WA); in thirteen, courts interpreting their state constitutions have declared broad and independent protection for reproductive choice and have ordered nondiscriminatory public funding of abortion (AK, AZ, CA, CT, IL, MA, MN, MT, NJ, NM, OR, VT, and WV).2  Thirty-two of the remaining states pay for abortions for low-income women in cases of life-endangering circumstances, rape, or incest, as mandated by federal Medicaid law.3  (A handful of these states pay as well in cases of fetal impairment or when the pregnancy threatens "severe" health problems, but none provides reimbursement for all medically necessary abortions for low-income women.)  Finally, one state (SD) fails even to comply with the Hyde Amendment, instead providing coverage only for lifesaving abortions."

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