Attorney General Jeff Landry Pushes Back on Efforts to Fund Abortions with Taxpayer Money

From The Attorney General’s Office

BATON ROUGE – Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 21 other state attorneys general urging Congress to maintain the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds for abortions and has been included in the federal budget for the last 45 years.

“Despite his decades-long opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, Joe Biden has removed such protection from his recently proposed budget,” said Attorney General Landry. “Biden’s flip-flop is yet another reckless concession to the Radical Left – one that forces taxpayers to fund the deaths of innocent babies.”

In a letter to Congressional leadership, Attorney General Landry and his colleagues call on Congress to resist the President’s efforts and include the Hyde Amendment in this year’s federal budget.

“The Hyde Amendment was first enacted in 1976 following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, and has been reenacted every year since with broad bipartisan support,” Landry’s letter states. “The key to the Hyde Amendment’s four-and-a-half-decades longevity is that its purpose is clear and commonsensical: it prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions (with exceptions), on the basis that a great many taxpayers object to abortion on moral or religious grounds and, therefore, it is unconscionable to force them to pay for abortions by using their tax dollars for that purpose. Congress should resist following President Biden down this path and should instead maintain the Hyde Amendment language in the budget it ultimately passes.”

Attorney General Landry is joined in this effort by the attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.