By Terrisa Bukovinac and Xavier Bisits
Since 1976 under President Jimmy Carter, all appropriations bills passed through Congress have come with a rider, the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding of abortion. Even throughout all eight years of the Obama administration, the Hyde Amendment was consistently included in spending bills.
In the next month, though, if some members of Congress have their way, that 45-year streak may come to an end. A draft of a COVID relief proposal released last week omits Hyde Amendment protections. It could, for the first time in nearly half a century, fund abortions through a provision to support community health services.
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