More than 170 U.S. lawmakers are demanding that the 2022 budget prevent taxpayer money from being used to fund abortion, in letter to the president, Joe Biden.
All presidents since 1977 supported the landmark Hyde Amendment, which prevents tax dollars from being used for the termination of the lives of unborn babies, the budget submitted by the Biden administration eliminates this provision, according to Townhall July 6.
“It is an affront to the majority of Americans who do not want their tax dollars funding abortion on demand resulting in the death of children in the womb,” the lawmakers’ state in the letter.
They add, “The key to the Hyde Amendment’s four-and-a-half-decades longevity is that its purpose is clear and commonsensical: it prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions (with exceptions).”
The prohibition is given “on the basis that a great many taxpayers object to abortion on moral or religious grounds and, therefore, it is unconscionable to force them to pay for abortions by using their tax dollars for that purpose.”
They, therefore, recommend, “Congress should resist following President Biden down this path and should instead maintain the Hyde Amendment language in the budget it ultimately passes.”
Rep. Glenn Grotham (R-Wis), announced the signing of the letter sent to Biden, via one of his tweets.
“I and over 170 of my colleagues sent this letter to @POTUS urging him to protect the bipartisan Hyde Amendment and side with the majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer-funded abortions. https://bit.ly/3jB3YPY,” he wrote.
Biden supported the Hyde Amendment for four decades, but bowed to pressure from extreme abortion leftists after announcing his presidential bid, and said he no longer supported the measure.
The lawmakers, including Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), remind Biden of the words he spoke during his inauguration.
“In your inauguration speech, you said that ‘the dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.’ Mr. President, the dream of ‘justice for all’ cannot be achieved if death of a whole segment of society, unborn babies, is legally ignored.”
Biden has been harshly criticized for his abortionist attitude, by Catholics in general and one of his critics is Lila Rose, founder, and president of Live Action, a U.S. pro-life organization.
“You can’t say you’re a practicing Catholic and support the killing of children in the womb. To do so is atrocious and despicable. And you can’t say you ‘didn’t know’ when your faith, and the basic moral law, tells you loud and clear, ‘You shall not kill,'” Rose wrote.
For his part, Cardinal Raymond Burke said Biden should not receive communion and that he was not a Catholic “in good standing.”
“This is not a political statement, I do not intend to get involved in recommending any candidate for office, but simply to state that a Catholic cannot support abortion in any form because it is one of the gravest sins against human life, and has always been considered intrinsically evil and therefore to support the act in any way is a mortal sin,” Cardinal Burke stressed.
Subsequently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a proposal to draft a statement possibly denying communion to high-profile pro-abortion politicians.