In the Aug. 4 primary election, Missouri voters will be voting on an amendment to the Missouri constitution to permanently expand Medicaid eligibility. Missouri Right to Life PAC opposes this amendment, Amendment 2, on the ballot because it could open the door to taxpayer-funded abortions and threaten state pro-life programs.
Currently, Medicaid dollars are restricted from being used to fund most abortions by the Hyde Amendment, which is an annual rider on a federal appropriations bill. Before Hyde was put in place, an estimated 300,000 abortions nationally were paid for by taxpayers every year.
While the Hyde Amendment has passed for the last 40 years, it is now a target of anti-life legislators who have vowed to defeat the measure which requires only a simple majority vote of both houses of Congress every year. The defeat of the Hyde Amendment is in the Democrat Party platform. The Hyde Amendment is opposed by the leaders of the House and presumptive Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
It’s the wrong time to expand Medicaid when the Hyde Amendment is under attack. If the initiative is approved, and the Hyde Amendment falls after that, the initiative may double the number of surgical abortions that Medicaid would pay for in Missouri.
Even with the Hyde Amendment, expanding Medicaid will greatly increase existing Medicaid payments for abortions caused by the “morning after” pills.
Since the initiative requires the state to maximize the federal share of Medicaid dollars, the state cannot replace Medicaid programs with its own programs that will not pay abortionists for non-abortion services. This opens the door to more taxpayer money going to Planned Parenthood.
This provision for maximizing will also prevent the state from paying for lawyers, including the attorney general’s staff, to attempt to obtain protection for the unborn if the Hyde Amendment is ended.
It is not surprising that Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations are among Amendment 2’s most active supporters. Expanding Medicaid…