Rep. Kevin McCarthy holds roundtable discussing the ‘stealthy’ removal of the Hyde Amendment from annual bill


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., holds a news conference following GOP leadership elections for the 117th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KGET) — Friday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy held a roundtable to discuss the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of Federal funds to pay for abortions, with some exceptions. The exceptions are if the procedure will save the life of the woman or the pregnancy arises from rape or incest.

“As a proud, pro-life American, I know which side I’m on,” McCarthy said.

The rest of the group included Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Rep. Michelle Fischbach (MN-07), Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president, Marilyn Musgrave, Susan B. Anthony List vice president of government affairs, and Jeanne Mancini, March for Life president, all of whom are outspokenly pro-life advocates.

This roundtable comes in the wake of Senate Democrats recently omitting the amendment from their annual funding bill to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments.

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McCarthy said that he had no knowledge of the Hyde Amendment being removed beforehand. Smith (NJ-04), Harris (MD-01) and Fischbach (MN-07) all said they agreed that the amendment had been removed without their adequate warning.

“The Hyde Amendment isn’t partisan,” McCarthy said. “Members on both side of the aisle[…]have voted for the amendment.”

Many also brought up that President Biden supports the Hyde Amendment.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could gut Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

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