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Clinton Policy Could Make Taxpayers Cover Half of All Abortions

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016 02:12 PM

If Hillary Clinton wins the White House, that could lead to taxpayers funding half of all abortions performed in the U.S.

"We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman's access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment," reads the Democratic Party Platform

The Hyde Amendment bans the use of federal funds for providing abortions except in cases of rape or incest, or when the woman's life is endangered, but as Slate reports, it doesn't have "the force of permanent law."

"It is merely a rider routinely attached to annual appropriations bills. Should the appropriations committees in Congress decide one year not to attach it, then (the Department of Health and Human Services) will become free to fund abortions."

Currently, according to Forbes, taxpayers cover about 24 percent of abortion costs in the U.S., 6.6 percent from federal tax revenue and 17.4 percent from state coffers. A first-trimester abortion costs $397, while a second-trimester abortion costs $854. The vast majority of procedures are paid for by the patient, while 15.6 percent are funded by Medicaid.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, warned in The Federalist that "fully implementing the Clinton policy could mean that American taxpayers pay for more than half of all abortions in the United States. A single-payer system would convert Uncle Sam into the nation's abortionist."

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