Women’s and civil rights groups are organizing to make a stand against Bidens proposed 2022 budget, accoridng to Reuters.
The budget directly affects low-income women according to the women’s groups.
“Exciting to see the admin’s historic step! For too long, the Hyde amendment has put the gov’t in control of personal health care decisions for people with low incomes,” women’s health provider Planned Parenthood said on social media.
“It breaks with decades of settled precedent by calling for direct taxpayer-funded abortion,” stated Kevin McCarthy.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.
Bidens proposed amendment restricts recipients of Medicare, Medicaid, federal employees, servicewomen and Washington, D.C. residents.
WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposed 2022 budget omits a ban on federal funding for most abortions that has been part of government spending bills for decades.
The budget, released Friday, makes no mention of the “Hyde Amendment,” first passed in 1976, which has been included in federal spending bills since.
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Women’s and civil rights groups, who say the amendment disproportionately impacts low-income women, hailed its omission in Biden’s proposal Friday nonetheless.
Biden, a life-long Catholic, supported the Hyde Amendment for most of his political career, but changed his position in 2019 while campaigning for president, saying the right to abortion was under assault in many states and increasingly inaccessible to poorer women.
Republican lawmakers criticized the omission on Friday.