Magazine September 7, 2020, Issue

The Hyde Amendment Is in Peril

(Roman Genn)
Unified Democratic control of government would likely kill America’s most important pro-life policy in 2021

For four decades, Joe Biden opposed taxpayer funding of abortion as a fundamental matter of conscience. “I will continue to abide by the same principle that has guided me throughout my 21 years in the Senate: those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them,” Biden wrote to a constituent in 1994. “As you may know, I have consistently — on no fewer than 50 occasions — voted against federal funding of abortions.”

As he geared up for his ultimately unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, the Delaware senator reaffirmed this position in his book Promises

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This article appears as “The Imperiled Hyde Amendment” in the September 7, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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