Pro-life groups warn against funding abortion as part of COVID aid
However, SBA List noted that the proposal contains billions of dollars in health care funding, but without specific prohibitions on funding abortions – meaning that funding could go towards abortions, abortion coverage or abortion providers.
The proposal contains $ 750 million for global health and billions of dollars for community health centers, but without the “Hyde Amendment” provisions, SBA List said. The Hyde Amendment bans federal funding for elective abortions in health care and has been part of Congressional appropriation for decades; Leading Democrats have said they intend to reverse politics this year.
The proposal also includes $ 50 million for the Title X family planning program and extended health plan grants that cover abortions, SBA List said. In particular, Title X funding could go to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers if the Biden administration – as planned – repeals an existing ban on Title X funding for groups that refer to abortions.
“Polls consistently show that the overwhelming majority of Americans, including millions of grassroots Democrats, are opposed to funding abortion companies, whether in this country or abroad,” Dannenfelser said.
According to a Jan. 27 Knights of Columbus / Marist poll, more than three-quarters of Americans opposed the funding of abortions by overseas taxpayers, and 58% of respondents opposed state-funded abortions. -United.
Additionally, an Economist / YouGov poll released on February 4 found Americans disapproving of President Biden’s decision to repeal Mexico City policy, by a 42% to 36% margin. Mexico City policy prohibits US funding of foreign organizations that promote or perform abortions.
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Efforts are also underway to block federal funding for family planning as part of COVID relief. On Wednesday, SBA List thanked Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) for introducing an amendment to clarify that Planned Parenthood was not eligible for PPP loans.
Congress implemented the Paycheque Protection Program (P3) in March to provide emergency loans to small businesses and eligible nonprofits to keep employees on the payroll during the COVID pandemic -19. According to the rules of the program, Planned Parenthood affiliates were not supposed to be eligible for loans, but affiliates applied and still received around $ 80 million in PPP loans.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Also tried on Tuesday to add an amendment to a budget reconciliation bill blocking taxpayer funding for abortions, but Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee of the House blocked the amendment in a 27-21 vote.