In a House Appropriations Committee meeting today, Congressman Mike Simpson spoke in favor of restoring life-saving provisions in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-Ed) Bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

Since 1976, annual appropriations bills have carried a provision commonly referred to as the Hyde Amendment, language which bans federal funding for abortions. Similarly, since 2005, the bills have included language protecting conscience rights of healthcare entities and providers who refuse to provide abortions. Yet this year, House Democrats abandoned these bipartisan provisions in an unprecedented turn to the extreme left, crafting a LHHS-Ed bill that would indeed allow taxpayer dollars to go towards abortion services.

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