Analysis

Proposed Biden budget would fund abortion around the world

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Earlier this month, President Joe Biden released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2022, and as expected, it excluded the Hyde Amendment — a pro-life rider included in every federal budget since 1976 which prevented federal taxpayers from directly funding most abortions through programs like Medicaid. Traditionally, Hyde has received bipartisan support, including from Biden himself. But as the abortion industry applied pressure to legislators, pro-abortion politicians have increasingly embraced taxpayer-funded abortion, even as Americans oppose it.

But that’s not the only abortion funding stream in Biden’s budget proposal.

According to an op-ed written by Valerie Huber for The Hill, the exclusion of the Hyde Amendment from Biden’s proposed budget got the most attention and caused people to miss other problems, like the intent to promote and fund abortion internationally.

“Biden’s budget requests carte blanche funding for two international organizations that advocate for abortion — a clear violation of international neutrality on abortion,” Huber wrote.

The first organization, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), has been reportedly complicit in China’s oppressive population control programs. Though Biden intends to include funding for the UNFPA in his budget, a bill was introduced earlier this year to repeal its funding due to its ongoing partnership with China, where a genocide against Uighur Muslims is currently known to be taking place. Additionally, the UNFPA promotes abortion and declares that countries restricting abortion are violating “human rights.”

The second organization Biden hopes to fund is the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Though the OHCHR has condemned euthanasia of people with disabilities, it also promotes abortion as a ‘human right’. Michelle Bachelet, the current high commissioner, previously served as president of Chile, where she sponsored a bill that decriminalized abortion in the pro-life country. The OHCHR describes an inability to end one’s child’s life through abortion as “a form of gender-based violence against women, which can amount to torture and/or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”

Funding abortions, both domestically and overseas, means that abortions will increase, which financially benefits abortion corporations like Planned Parenthood and MSI Reproductive Choices. And though Biden and other pro-abortion politicians are pushing taxpayer-funded abortion, most voters continue to oppose it — especially low-income voters.

“The Biden administration is responsible to stay within the legislative mandate of international abortion neutrality and it begins by ensuring that U.S. funding of international organizations like UNFPA and OHCHR is not used for abortion advocacy,” Huber concluded in her op-ed. “The U.S. can support international development and the protection of human rights by holding these U.N. agencies accountable to stay within their original mandates.”

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