The U.S. Bishops ask Catholics to please sign the online petition at www.notaxpayerabortion.com or to write a letter to our elected officials to prevent the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which mostly bans federal Medicaid funding of abortions. You may use this suggested text, prepared by the U.S. Bishops, and send it to the senators as listed below:
For 45 years, the Hyde Amendment has protected taxpayers from being forced to pay for elective abortions. It has been signed into law every year since 1976, whether the Congress and the White House were led by Republicans or Democrats. It has saved nearly 2.5 million babies and mothers in difficult circumstances from the tragedy of abortion.
A majority of Americans, including low-income women and women of color who are most impacted, support the Hyde Amendment and laws that prevent government-funded abortion.
I urge you, in strongest possible terms, to ensure that the Hyde Amendment and all similar life-saving appropriations riders remain in place during the 117th Congress and beyond. Do not force Americans to subsidize the taking of innocent life. Oppose any bill, including any appropriations bill, that expands taxpayer funding of abortion.
Sign your name, city, state, and send your letter to:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
New York Senator Charles Schumer
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
2468 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515