As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden told an audience in South Carolina, “There’s no rationale that can be offered that if you’re covered by the federal system, you cannot then use federal funding to seek reproductive health care.” Before winning last year’s election, Biden also told primary voters that he “could no longer continue to abide by the Hyde Amendment,” according to Politico.
With these promises in mind, Biden included this opposition to the Hyde Amendment as part of his fiscal 2022 budget request, according to The Washington Post.
Passed in 1976, the “Hyde Amendment” was attached to spending bills related to taxpayer funding for healthcare to “prevent federal funding from directly underwriting elective abortion procedures.” Before the Hyde Amendment was adopted in 1980, an estimated 300,000 abortions were carried out every year using taxpayer funds, according to NPR.
The original legislation passed on September 30, 1976, with a vote of 312-93 in the House of Representatives. Between 1981 and 1993, federal