Republicans Have Set Themselves Up For More Defeats On Abortion
Immediately after losing another election where abortion was a key issue, House Republicans added anti-choice policies to every appropriations bill.
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House Republicans Try To Force Un-Popular Anti-Freedom Policies on America
For some reason, House Republicans looked at the GOP’s 2023 election defeat where their anti-choice position on abortion was soundly rejected, and thought to themselves that what America really needs is more unpopular abortion restrictions.
The Labor-Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) bill has historically been one of the more difficult pieces of legislation to pass, and GOP leaders have been unable to pass other spending bills amid divisions on abortion-related provisions. Republicans have inserted anti-abortion language into almost every appropriations bill.
The Republican-led, Labor-HHS bill would slash or eliminate funding from a range of programs that deal with everything from family planning to teen pregnancy and even the HIV epidemic.
The bill would eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood, eliminate Title X family planning grants and stop the implementation of two Biden administration executive orders intended to increase access to abortion care.
On the surface, it might seem confusing that House Republicans would double down on a position that has been costing their party elections for more than a year. The country keeps telling Republicans in overwhelming numbers that the majority supports the right of a woman to make her own healthcare decisions, but the Republican response is to try to get their own policies enacted into law anyway.
The question that we will discuss below is why Republicans keep doing this.
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