The anti-abortion Charlotte Lozier Institute reported on Tuesday that 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion after 15 weeks – the gestational limit to be considered by the Supreme Court next term.
While the majority of European countries limit elective abortions to 12 weeks, five countries limit it to 14 weeks. CLI noted that eight countries don't allow elective abortions at all, although some allow the procedure for specific medical or socioeconomic reasons.
Just this past Thursday, the Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a spending bill that would eliminate a 45-year-old stipulation included in spending packages that prohibits taxpayer money from funding abortions. The bill passed with a 219-208 vote.
House Democrats first advanced the Department of Health and Human Services spending package out of committee on July 12 without including the rider, known as the Hyde Amendment. President Joe Biden, who for decades opposed taxpayer funding of abortion, buckled under mounting liberal pressure during his campaign and announced he supported removing the Hyde Amendment.
The legislation in question, the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, is part of the “minibus,” a slightly more limited version of the omnibus spending packages that fund the entire government at once.
The Hyde Amendment bans federal funding from being used to cover the cost of abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or endangerment of the woman’s life. The rider was also excluded from President Biden’s $6 trillion budget request submitted in May. Under the Hyde Amendment, states can fund abortion services for the poor as long as they do not reach into federal money.
“For decades, the Hyde amendment has prevented women of color and low-income people from receiving basic healthcare,” said Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat, on Thursday. “This is discrimination. The legal right to an abortion is meaningless if you are unable to afford one.”
Anti-abortion rights advocates, such as March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, railed against Democrats ahead of the vote on Thursday, calling the Hyde Amendment an important provision to “protect the American public from funding or providing abortions against their will.”
"Pro-abortion Democrats have again eliminated pro-life riders,” such as the Hyde Amendment, from the spending bill, Mancini argued. “No one should be forced to compromise their values, but especially not on this life-or-death issue."
For decades, the American public has debated when, if ever, it's appropriate to restrict abortion. Polling tends to show majorities of the American public favor at least some restrictions. But previous Supreme Court decisions have effectively prevented states from banning abortion at any point during the entirety of a woman's pregnancy.