CV NEWS FEED // March for Life Action President Thomas McClusky wrote a letter to Congress Monday decrying the Biden administration’s plans to prop up the abortion industry with taxpayer funding from the upcoming $3.5 trillion spending bill.
“I am writing to voice our opposition to the $3.5 trillion budget busting legislation, S. Con. Res. 14, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2022 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2023 through 2031,” McClusky wrote:
This budget sets the stage to send billions to subsidize and pay for abortions through the budget reconciliation process. The legislation also threatens to neutralize long-standing bipartisan pro-life protections, such as the Hyde Amendment.
McClusky went on to call out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and President Joe Biden by name, for ignoring “the needs of the American people to promote an abortion-heavy agenda of the wealthy big abortion industry.”
“The current budget resolution text sets the stage to add to the billions in taxpayer funds we already send to abortion groups, with no Hyde-like protections,” McClusky wrote.
Apart from direct abortion subsidies, the reconciliation bill is also expected to include language that would “bypass state authority and pro-life protections in relations to Medicaid,” McClusky explained:
This new language creates a parallel Medicaid program, financed through direct appropriations and only Federal funds, to bypass current pro-life protections and state legislatures, to provide the equivalent of Medicaid coverage for those 12 states that have not yet expanded Medicaid. It would directly fund abortions on demand without copays or premiums – and could pass in theory with 50 votes. The incentives included in the legislation would affect more than just the dozen states that have refused Medicaid expansion as more states would probably switch over to this look-alike program as it puts less of a burden on states to match funds.
McClusky characterised the legislation as “the furthering of the philosophy of Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC),” who once called the financial crisis of the past two years as a “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
“It also reflects then candidate Joe Biden’s quote of ‘From this moment of crisis, we have the opportunity to not just rebuild our economy — but transform it,’” McClusky wrote.
“Only a party that has come to be the largest defender of the barbarism of abortion would call the opportunity to fleece billions of tax dollars to pay for abortions … a ‘tremendous opportunity,’” McClusky concluded. “For these reasons, March for Life Action will score against S. Con. Res. 14 in our annual scorecard for the 117 th Congress.”
Readers can find the full letter here.