By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Today is the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment which has saved the lives of almost 2,000,000 babies. Under the Hyde Amendment, Medicaid does not use federal tax monies to pay for most abortions.
In Massachusetts in 1979, Gov. Ed King signed the Doyle Flynn Law ensuring that no state funds could be used for abortion. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that the Massachusetts Constitution requires abortion funding, which the U.S. Constitution does not. This makes Massachusetts one of the few states that fully funds abortion under court order.
As you know, the 2016 Democratic plank calls for the end of Hyde, and Planned Parenthood is going after Hyde with a concerted effort. They have named this week as the Anti-Hyde Week, and the Boston City Council has joined in by passing a resolution calling on Congress to end Hyde. The ironic thing is that women getting Medicaid abortions in Massachusetts are already fully covered. The really sad thing is that the resolution keeps talking about poor and minority women. Those 2,000,000 babies who have been saved were primarily poor and minority babies. As a matter of fact, 80% of the abortions Planned Parenthood does nationwide are on black women. Just think how much more money Planned Parenthood could make if Medicare abortions were fully covered in every state. That is their bottom line.
Right now, the Hyde Amendment has to be passed every year. Donald Trump and Mike Pence have announced that their administration will protect conscience rights by making the Hyde Amendment permanent.
Sounds like a good idea.
Photo: Gov. Ed King and Ray Flynn, with Flynn’s children, at the signing of the Doyle Flynn Law in 1979. MCFL archive photo.