- House Democrats failed to garner enough support Monday for a measure to force American taxpayers to pay for abortions.
- The Washington Examiner reports the amendment came from a group of progressive Democrats who want to remove the Hyde Amendment from a Congressional spending bill.
- The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in Medicaid.
- The Democrats pushing the measure were U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, Barbara Lee, of California, Pramila Jayapal, of Washington, Diana DeGette, of Colorado, and Jan Schakowsky, of Illinois, according to Splinter.
Forcing taxpayers to fund abortions is a new goal of the Democratic Party, but most Americans do not support it. Even though Democrats control the U.S. House, the leaders apparently thought the amendment would be a losing issue among their constituents.
“Look, I think that we all understand that the Hyde Amendment is a politically difficult issue, and we need to do a little bit more work to really make sure that everybody understands that without the ability to control choices for our own bodies, it is an economic justice issue,” Jayapal […]