The 1976 Hyde Amendment is a rider that is routinely passed that bars the usage of federal funds to pay for abortion. It was introduced as a response to the Roe v. Wade decision three years earlier that made abortion legal. At the time it was viewed as a major success by the “pro-life” movement.
Today, however, the “pro-life” movement loves to conveniently ignore this amendment. They love to scream about how their tax dollars are paying for women to kill their babies at Planned Parenthood. Anyone with half a brain and access to Wikipedia knows that is a lie.
For one, abortions do not “kill babies” they terminate a pregnancy. Also in some places Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions. They focus solely on contraception and women’s, men’s, and TBLG+ healthcare. As a whole, only approximately 3% of what Planned Parenthood does is abortion.
I cannot count the number of times I have said those exact statements and to “pro-lifers”. Whenever confronted with the truth, they stick their fingers in their ears, repeat the lie and attack me with personal insults and more lies about abortion and contraception.
I don’t like the Hyde Amendment. I think it unfairly limits access to abortion for low-income women and disproportionately harms women of color. I hope that one day they get rid of it. Until then the fact stands that it doesn’t allow federal funds to pay for abortion.
It is one of the many facts ignored by the “pro-life” movement. They use their lies and scare tactics to get people riled up about the issue and scare people out of exercising their right to choose. If I have to wade through their lies and take their abuse to make sure that people have correct information, then so be it. I will happily be a punching bag.