President Obama may be moving forward with an ambitious agenda that includes immigration reform, addressing climate change and gun safety and weapons regulation, but Republicans have something else they’d like to tackle: legal abortion.
That’s according to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Addressing a crowd of anti-choice demonstrators last weekend in Washington D.C., Boehner pledged to “commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life” and promised to make legal abortion a “relic of the past.”
“Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year,” he said.
Not surprisingly, Boehner’s plan to end legal abortion starts first with poor women. Step one in his plan is to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment prevents federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest and is a favorite target of anti-choice lawmakers who like to fundraise off of pledges to end “taxpayer funded” abortions. True to form, Boehner announced he would do so by again working to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would formally codify the Hyde Amendment.
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