Legislation Makes Permanent Long-Standing Hyde Amendment
Congressman Ken Buck has voted to make permanent the United States' long-time policy of prohibiting federal funding for abortion. Since 1976, majorities in Congress have supported adding the Hyde Amendment, a provision that prohibits federal dollars from paying for abortions, onto federal funding bills. H.R. 7 permanently codifies this long-standing prohibition in statue. The bill also aligns the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, with Hyde Amendment precedent, ensuring that federal subsidies are no longer used for insurance plans that cover abortions.
"No taxpayer should be forced, against their moral or religious conscience, to fund an abortion," Congressman Ken Buck stated. "Americans and Congress have prohibited federal funding of abortion for decades, and this bill simply makes that prohibition permanent."