The Hyde Amendment was one thing. First passed in 1976 and sponsored by its eponymous author, arch conservative (Rep.) Henry Hyde, it prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion. Since its original passage some 33 years ago, there has been no effort by pro-abortion rights activists to overturn it. It's almost as if they understood immediately that where public funds were involved, they were never going to regain the power to force anti-abortion taxpayers to subsidize something they fervently opposed.What? Just because pro-abortion rights activists have failed miserably in their attempts that doesn’t mean they haven’t tried.
Here’s what Planned Parenthood has to say about their continuing efforts to overturn the Hyde Amendment.
Although Planned Parenthood and other groups vigorously fight in Congress and the courts for a continuation of funding, anti-abortion restrictions are added and tightened in subsequent years, continuously reducing the number of poor women eligible to receive federal assistance for abortions.Or does anybody remember this wish list sent from pro-choice groups to President Obama and post on his Change.gov web site? You know, the wish list which says,
“The President’s budget should strike language restricting abortion funding for (i) Medicaid-eligible women and Medicare beneficiaries (Hyde amendment); (ii) federal employees and their dependents (FEHB program); (iii) residents of the District of Columbia; (iv) Peace Corps volunteers; (v) Native-American women; and (vi) women in federal prisons.”