Lawmakers have approved a bill to prohibit taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions. According to CNN, the House of Representatives passed the legislation yesterday, 238 to 183.
Something called the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of taxpayer money for abortions, is already existent. This legislation essentially makes that into a formal amendment. There are exceptions, specifically when abortions must be done to protect the life of the mother or in the event of rape or incest.
Many Democrats are vehemently against the legislation. "One of the things that I am just completely sick and tired of is men dictating to women as if we are stupid and cannot make informed choices for ourselves. Women are responsible. Women are smart. Women know what is best for them. And women can make their own choices," shared California Rep. Linda Sanchez. "Who the hell are we in this chamber to make these private and often painful decisions for women?" Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern asked.
"We are a pro-life Congress," Speaker Paul Ryan triumphantly shared, on the other hand.
In addition to telling women what to do with their bodies, critics say that the amendment will block reproductive choices for minority women and those with low-income. Women who receive health insurance through Obamacare are also affected; a clause bans using government subsidies from the Affordable Care Act to fund abortions.
It is not known when this legislation will make its way into the Senate. On Friday, pro-life proponents are expected to gather in Washington D.C. for the March for Life.