Hyde Amendment Draws Scrutiny for Election 2020

Abortion-rights supporters take part in a protest Thursday, May 30, 2019, in St. Louis. A St. Louis judge heard an hour of arguments Thursday on Planned Parenthood’s request for a temporary restraining order that would prohibit the state from allowing the license for Missouri’s only abortion clinic to lapse at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

As the abortion debate continues and states challenge Roe V. Wade, the Hyde Amendment, which eliminates the use of any federal funds for abortions, is being lost in the conversation. The Hyde Amendment was on the table last week as Democratic candidate Joe Biden decided to abandon his support for Hyde after he learned of its discriminatory nature. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), who is supporting Kamala Harris (D-CA) for president, is working to repeal the Hyde Amendment.

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