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Funding abortion has appeared to be a central debate in the Democrat Party. House Democrats on Congressional subcommittees recently took the unprecedented step of removing the Hyde and Helms Amendments from federal law by not including them in approved spending measures. The Hyde Amendment prevents U.S. tax money from funding abortions through Medicaid. Additionally, Helms prevents tax dollars from funding abortions in foreign countries. According to a recent Marist poll, most Americans are opposed to taxpayer funding of abortion both in the U.S. and abroad. However, Democrats and pro-choice activists have remained unfazed in their plans for the future of abortion in America. House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) claimed it was against American national values to not allow taxpayer funded abortions. “Quite frankly, allowing Hyde Amendment to remain on the books is a disservice not only to our constituents, but also to the values we espouse as a nation,” said DeLauro. “We are finally doing what is right for our mothers, our families, our communities by striking this discriminatory amendment once and for all.”

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