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House Democrats Renew Bid to Expand Federal Abortion Funding

  • Bill likely doomed given Senate GOP support for restriction
  • Move may complicate efforts to fund government after Oct. 1
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Biden Backs Filibuster Change to Restore Abortion Rights

House Democrats are attempting a likely doomed effort to expand federal funding for abortions under Medicaid as progressives grasp for ways to respond after the Supreme Court last week ended the nationwide right to an abortion in place since 1973.

A $242 billion bill funding the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education would drop the so-called Hyde Amendment for the first time since 1976. That provision bans the use of federal funds for abortion except for cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.