President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion budget plan includes funding of abortion, which prompted Archbishop Joseph Naumann to denounce the administration’s proposal.
Naumann, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said Congress must stop the plan to “subsidize the deaths of unborn children.”
“For nearly half a century, the Hyde Amendment and related provisions have protected taxpayers from funding most abortions,” Naumann said. “These policies have broad support from Democrats and Republicans. They have been enacted and signed into law by congresses and presidents of both political parties.”
The budget allows taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid. Congress has previously attached the Hyde Amendment every year since 1976, which prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions.
While running for president, Biden called for the end of the Hyde Amendment.
The U.S. Bishops have provided some resistance to Biden on the issue previously. The American Rescue Plan passed without pro-life protections. Naumann also criticized Biden’s decision to rescind a Trump-era ban on using aborted human remains for scientific experiments.