Rep. Diana Harshbarger, R-Tenn., explained on Newsmax TV why she signed a letter pleading to save the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment has blocked federal funding for abortion services since 1976. Since 1994, exceptions have included when the pregnancy endangers the patient’s life, or when the pregnancy results from rape or incest.
Now, there’s talk President Joe Biden aims to repeal the legislation.
“America’s not going to stand for it,” Harshbarger told co-hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith on Friday’s ”Spicer & Co.” “And [the Hyde Amendment] has been bipartisan, since 1976 and the lives that have been saved [are] in the millions.
“What I want to be, as well as the other Republicans who have signed onto this bill, is to be a voice for those that don’t have a voice. As a mother and a grandmother, that’s what I’m here to do, protect those unborn babies.”
Biden on Thursday rescinded a regulation that barred U.S. foreign aid from being used to perform or promote abortions.
Harshbarger joined a group of 200 House Republicans who signed a letter, addressed to House leaders and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., supporting bans on taxpayer funding of abortions.
“[Biden has] put out probably 40 executive orders, and this is unconscionable,” Harshbarger said. “This is more than any Republican or Democratic president has done previously. That’s not governing, that is improving your penmanship, and that’s a problem.
“You can’t govern that way. He’s bypassing Congress and setting his own agenda. And for him to do the things he’s doing to the precious unborn that have no voice, that’s unconscionable.”