Pro-life Leaders Urge Congress to Protect Hyde & Similar Longstanding Pro-life Budget Riders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2021
Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, (240) 672-2828

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Common Ground Pro-Life Policies

Washington, D.C. – 62 pro-life leaders from national and state organizations sent a letter to congressional leadership today urging them to fight for the Hyde Amendment and other similar longstanding pro-life riders to be included in the budget. The signees anticipate that the riders, which must be added during the appropriations process each year, will not be included in President Biden’s budget expected tomorrow.

SBA List’s policy team will analyze the budget in real time and post analysis on Twitter at @SBAList.

The letter reads in part:

“As recently as 2006, then-Senator Biden was on the record opposing tax funding of abortion, saying, ‘I do not vote for funding for abortion… I won’t support public funding.’ Yet when on the presidential campaign trail in 2019, he flip-flopped to support abortion funding, directly contradicting his longstanding position.

“The impact of more than 2.4 million lives saved as a result of Congressman Hyde’s amendment and those amendments that followed cannot be measured. Congress has the duty and privilege to continue this legacy of protecting the vulnerable.”

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser added:

“For more than four decades, the Hyde family of pro-life policies has kept American taxpayers out of the abortion business, with Hyde itself saving nearly 2.5 million lives. The Biden budget could put longstanding, bipartisan pro-life amendments on the chopping block, and Congress must fight back. We encourage our allies to be tireless in fighting to preserve the common ground Hyde principle and to reject any budget that omits vital pro-life protections.”

Today SBA List launched Hyde Saves Lives, a website with a host of scientific, legal, and academic resources on the Hyde amendment and the approximately two dozen related federal policies under attack from the Biden-Harris administration. This week, an op-ed published at Roll Call defines key pro-life amendments at risk and details the specific funding streams to which each one applies.

Recent polling shows 77% of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to promote abortion overseas, and 58% oppose using taxpayer money to fund abortions in the United States.

Learn more at sba-list.org/hyde.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. 

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