When Congress meets mid-June to discuss the Fiscal Year 2023 budget, the Biden administration’s pro-death radical agenda has a wish list of items that includes a $1.1 billion increase in the amount of taxpayer funding toward the killing of innocent unborn children.
This proposal includes the following longstanding appropriations provisions that will be removed or weakened:
– Remove the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funding for abortion, including insurance plans that include abortion, and has been America’s most effective pro-life public policy. The law has been renewed every year since 1976 on a bipartisan basis and a majority of Americans support it.
– Remove the Dornan Amendment which prevents appropriated funds (federal or D.C. revenues) from being used to pay for abortions for women in D.C. Medicaid program. Without this protection, D.C. taxpayer dollars could pay for an estimated 1,400 – 1,500 abortions every year.
– Increase funding for contraception, including for abortifacients such as abortion pills.
– Increase funding for the Title X family planning program to $400 million which allows grantees to be collocated with abortion clinics and requires referral for abortion. Title X was a prime funding source for Planned Parenthood, providing it with $56 million dollars annually when the rule was previously in place.
– Increase funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention to $111 million which has been a funding stream for Planned Parenthood. Its programs have been ineffective at reducing teen pregnancy, STDs, and risky behavior, and its curricula may actively support abortion and undermine parental involvement.
– Eliminate funding for “Sexual Risk Avoidance,” defined as “voluntarily refraining from non-marital sexual activity.”
– Decrease funding for International Population Control Programs by $3 million which is a funding stream for both international and domestically-based organizations that promote abortion internationally.
– Increase funding to the United Nations Population Fund to $56 million in the State Department request which has been found to support China’s population control program utilizing forced abortion and sterilization.
– Includes a notwithstanding provision that would allow funding to be provided overseas to “promote gender equality” internationally. If defined to include the provision or promotion of abortion, this language could be used to undermine existing protections, like the Helms and Siljander Amendments.
– Includes funding to be appropriated to the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund, which replaced the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. In June 2021, the Biden administration stated that this fund was part of its strategy to “advance sexual and reproductive health and rights,” a common euphemism for abortion advocacy.