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200 House Republicans Sign Letter in Support of Hyde Amendment

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200 House Republicans Sign Letter in Support of Hyde Amendment

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Two-hundred House Republicans signed a letter Tuesday to protect the Hyde Amendment, a decades-old policy restricting Medicaid funding for abortions. Enacted in 1976, three years after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, the Hyde Amendment blocks federal funds from being used to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. It is not a permanent statute, but exists by being added into federal spending bills every year. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, the House Republicans vowed to reject their Democratic colleagues’ effort to toss the Hyde Amendment, or any federal funding bill that allows coverage of abortion. “Congressional Democrats now seek to further erode public trust in government by ignoring mainstream public opinion in favor of placating the radical Left,” the letter reads, citing a research that found the Hyde Amendment may have prevented an estimated 2 million abortions since it was …

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