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Monday, March 28, 2022

President Biden's Fiscal Year 2023 U.S. Budget recommends eliminating the life-saving Hyde Amendment, recommends providing funding for abortion and abortion providers

President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget proposes eliminating the Hyde Amendment and allows taxpayer funding of abortion.

Life-related provisions include:

Eliminates the Hyde Amendment (p. 797) which would allow taxpayer funding for abortion on demand through Medicaid, Medicare disability, and other programs funded under the Labor/Health & Human Services appropriations bill.

Eliminates the Dornan Amendment (p. 1244) which would allow the District of Columbia to fund abortions through its Medicaid program. When the Dornan amendment was last gutted in FY2010, D.C. funded 300 abortions through Medicaid.

Eliminates the Aderholt Amendment (p. 189) which would lift the Federal ban on gestating gene-edited embryos, such as three-parent embryos.

40% increase in funding for the Title X family planning program by $113.521 million to $400 million from $286.479 million (p. 429). Much of this funding goes to abortion provider Planned Parenthood and other abortionists.

10% increase in funding for the teen pregnancy prevention program (TPP) by $10 million to $111 million from $101 million (p. 479). These funds subsidize abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

Eliminates funding for sexual risk avoidance education ($35 million in FY22-enacted). (p. 479)

$5 million for implicit bias training grants for health care providers, which could be used to target pro-life health providers (p. 31 of HHS request)

72% increase in funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by $23.5 million to $56 million from $32.5 million (p. 138 of State Dept request). The UNFPA promotes abortions around the world and supports China’s forced abortion and sterilization regime.

Eliminates the application of the Helms Amendment to the Complex Crises Fund (p. 821), which could allow those funds to pay for abortions.

Adds a sweeping notwithstanding authority for funding “to promote gender equality” overseas, including by “protecting the rights of women and girls worldwide” (p. 882). This would bypass the Helms Amendment and Siljander Amendments, to allow taxpayer funding for abortion or abortion lobbying overseas.

Decreases the funding floor earmark for international family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) by $3 million (0.5%) to $572 million from $575 million (p. 916). This earmark is a fund for international pro-abortion organizations including International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International. USAID is requesting that all of these funds be provided through the Global Health Programs (GHP) account—a $48.05 million increase over the $523.95 million provided in that account for FP/RH for FY22—instead of allowing some of these funds to be awarded through the Economic Support Fund (ESF) account (p. 84 of State Department request). Pro-abortion groups have sought to shift the annual $51.05 million allocation of the FP/RH earmark within the ESF account over to the GHP account in order to allow USAID bureaucrats more flexibility to give funds directly to NGOs in the abortion industry, since the ESF allocations are typically given to the governments of U.S. friends and allies.

Expands the HIV/AIDS Working Capital Fund (WCF) to include pharmaceuticals and other products for global health activities broadly, including contraceptive commodities, and via funds from non-U.S. Government donors, potentially abortion-related commodities (p. 877).

Expands the notwithstanding authority for bypassing country prohibitions for child survival/disease programs (including HIV/AIDS) to include global health activities more broadly, including contraceptives (p. 882).

Expands taxpayer-funded in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies that destroy human embryos, and disregard human dignity at the VA, to unmarried, single veterans, to include gestational surrogacy services, and the use of third-party gametes (VA request p. 313).

Increases taxpayer funding for contraceptives at the VA, including emergency contraceptives and other forms of birth control that can destroy human embryos, by eliminating copays (VA request p. 314).

Eliminates provisions removing time limitations on embryo storage for IVF procedures funded by the Department of Defense (p. 325).

Congress must authorize and spend taxpayer funds. The President signs that legislation which finalizes the spending plan. Fiscal year 2023 begins in 157 days on September 1, 2022.

This post may be updated if additional life-related provisions are found in the budget.

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