SBA List Warns Congress Against Obamacare Prop-Up Without Hyde

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2017
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org 202-223-8073

Group opposes spending bill that includes Obamacare bailout funds without Hyde protections

Washington, D.C. – This morning the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) issued a warning to Congress that it will oppose any spending bill that includes cost-sharing reduction payments that are not protected by the Hyde Amendment. SBA List previously opposed the Alexander-Murray proposal, which Congress is reportedly considering including in upcoming must-pass spending legislation. 

“The pro-life Republican Congress promised voters it would repeal and replace pro-abortion Obamacare, not prop it up,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “SBA List will vigorously oppose any spending bill that includes Obamacare bailout funding that is not protected by the Hyde Amendment. Preventing taxpayer funding of abortion should be a bare minimum requirement for any new Obamacare spending advanced by a Republican Congress.” 

In a letter to Congress this week, Dannenfelser wrote:

“Any Member voting for the Alexander-Murray proposal, or other Obamacare stabilization legislation not covered by the Hyde amendment, would not only be voting to sustain what many have called the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, but would also be voting to directly appropriate taxpayer dollars for insurance that includes abortion.”

According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the Hyde Amendment has saved over 2 million lives since 1976, when it was first enacted to prevent Medicaid funding for abortion. 

Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than 1.1 million doors in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 600,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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