Republicans to push for expansion of Hyde Amendment

House Republicans plan to introduce legislation barring the use of any federal funds to pay for abortion.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will announce the push when he speaks to the National Right to Life Convention in Pittsburgh today.

“I believe this must be the next objective for pro-life America," Boehner will say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks. "It’s clear from the health care debate that the American people don’t want their tax dollars paying for abortion, and a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives agrees."

Boehner said his party will push for an expansion of the Hyde Amendment--which bans use of certain Medicaid funds from paying for abortion--to cover all federal funding with no exceptions.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), an ardent pro-lifer, will introduce legislation on the matter soon, Boehner said.


More in News

DOJ to unveil expansion of profiling guidelines

Read more »