Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget

Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget
© Greg Nash

A coalition of pro-abortion-rights congressional Democrats er on Tuesday called on President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE to remove restrictions on federal funding of abortion from the fiscal 2022 budget.

Leaders of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and the Democratic Women’s Caucus joined seven Democratic senators to ask Biden to eliminate several restrictions from the budget. The restrictions include the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortions; the Helms Amendment, which limits foreign assistance funds for abortion; and the Weldon Amendment, which bars government entities from using federal money to penalize health care entities that do not cover abortion procedures.

In addition to Pro-Choice Caucus chairwomen Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOverturning Roe would be a disaster for young women of color CBC's pivotal role on infrastructure underscores caucus's growing stature Reforming marijuana laws before the holidays: A three-pronged approach MORE (D-Calif.) and Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteDeGette calls for 'lean and mean' health research agency to tackle diabetes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Democrats ask what went wrong on Election Day The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Political earthquake rocks Virginia; New Jersey too close to call MORE (D-Colo.), the letter is signed by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroThis week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Two women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in history Democrats scramble to figure out shutdown strategy MORE (D-Ct.) and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOn The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE (D-Wash.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthWisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' Duckworth touts drinking water infrastructure funds in bipartisan bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Appeals court delays Trump document ruling; Biden to meet Xi MORE (D-Ill.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Democrats call out Biden Supreme Court commission Midterm gloom grows for Democrats MORE (D-Hi.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Five faces from the media who became political candidates MORE (D-Calif.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Sununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanConstant threats to government funding fail the American public Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Sununu sidesteps question on running for president in 2024 MORE (D-N.H.).

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“The pandemic yet again showed the long-standing structural racism and inequities in our health care system, with communities of color, particularly those in the Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander communities, and Indigenous people facing high rates of infection and death from COVID-19,” the lawmakers wrote. “We are ready to work with the Biden Administration to undo harmful abortion access policies that have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Biden has already rescinded the so-called Mexico City policy, under which the foreign recipients of family planning aid from the U.S. government must agree not to provide abortion services or promote them to patients. Then-President Reagan first announced the policy in 1984, and Democratic and Republican presidents have repeatedly exited and re-instated the policy, respectively, in the years since.

Reversing the funding restrictions, the letter stated, “will send a strong message to Congress, the country, and the world that everyone should be able to decide when and how to start a family— regardless of how much money they make, the type of insurance they have, or where they live.”