It was a big encouragement when the U.S. Senate, on August 11, passed a budget resolution that opposes taxpayer funding of abortion and supports the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. The prohibition of taxpayer-funded abortion is generally referred to the Hyde Amendment, and safeguards for conscience rights are generally referred to as the Weldon Amendment.
The resolution was passed by a near party-line vote of 50-49, with one pro-life senator absent. Without the vote of one Democrat, Senator Joe Mansion of West Virginia, the measure would have failed. This victory, however, does not mean the battle is over; this was a non-binding resolution and only sends a message to the House of Representatives. Indeed, the battle is just beginning. It will be an uphill fight, with the Biden administration determined to overturn the Hyde Amendment and begin channeling our tax dollars to the its friends, very good friends, at Planned Parenthood.
There will be more critical congressional votes and maneuverings before a 2022 budget is approved and before we can, hopefully, declare final victory. So please continue to urge your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators NOT to allow federal dollars to pay for abortion on demand and to strongly support the Hyde and Weldon amendments.