Regardless of the Hyde Amendment, Biden has signed an Executive Order that would provide for taxpayer money to go toward abortions. His Press Secretary even says the money would help pay for the procedure!
Fox News reports:
President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that would provide for taxpayer-funded abortions.
“I believe Roe got it right, and it’s been the law for close to 50 years,” the president said at the signing, which he attended virtually due to his COVID-19 diagnosis. “And I commit to the American people we’re doing everything in our power to safeguard access to health care, including the right to choose that women had under Roe v. Wade, which was ripped away by this extreme court.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said earlier during her daily briefing that the order “paves the way for Medicaid to pay for abortions for women having to travel out of state.”
“Secretary Becerra will invite states to apply for Medicaid waivers to allow them to provide reproductive health care to women who live in states where abortions are banned,” she said.
“So it’s the Medicaid waiver, from what I understand – it is for them to pay for abortion procedure,” she said. “And I don’t have the specifics on the travel. We can easily go back, but from what I understand, Medicaid pays for your health care services. So I presume it is for the health care.”
Jean-Pierre appeared confident that the order does not violate the Hyde Amendment. “This EO will not violate the Hyde Amendment,” she said. “It is law, and we followed the law here.”
Not that we can really trust what Jean-Pierre says, since she doesn’t seem to know what she’s talking about on any given day, but she said that Medicaid will pay for the abortion procedure? It’s bad enough if tax dollars were to pay for a woman to travel to get an abortion, but to pay for the procedure? Do you think she misspoke? Or is that what Biden’s executive order says?