What You Should Know About the Born-Alive Bill in Congress

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By Currents News and Catholic News Service

Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing for a vote to protect infant survivors of abortion.

Joining Currents News to share more about the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” is Kat Talalas, assistant director for pro-life communications for the USCCB’s pro-life committee. 

Diocesan Respect Life coordinators and the Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops are encouraging Catholics to speak out against the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, legislation which bans federal Medicaid funding of abortions.

 “It is so important for people in our parishes to learn about the Hyde Amendment and the life-saving, conscience-protecting impact it has had for the past 45 years. Without this protection, our federal tax dollars will contribute to millions more abortions around our nation and beyond,” said Rachel Hendricks, diocesan Respect Life coordinator for the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. 

The Hyde Amendment, which first became law in 1976, prohibits use of federal Medicaid dollars for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the woman would be endangered. Named for former Representative Henry Hyde, Illinois Republican, the amendment is renewed every year as part of the appropriations bill for what is now the Department of Health and Human Services. 

It was excluded, however, in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act that was signed into law March 11 by President Joe Biden.

If you would like to encourage your local congressman to sign the Born Alive Act, go to usccb.org/take-action.