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President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office saw his administration free up billions of dollars in taxpayer money to subsidize abortion providers, according to a report published Thursday.
The religious Family Research Council released a report detailing Biden’s executive actions and congressional Democrats’ legislative pushes to allow taxpayer money to go to abortion providers. The report estimates that Biden has allowed far more taxpayer dollars to go to abortion providers than former president Barack Obama did.
The funding primarily came from the American Rescue Plan, the massive aid package passed by Congress along party lines and signed by Biden in March. The bill was passed without Hyde Amendment protections, which allowed a portion of the funds to go to health plans and family planning programs without restrictions on those funds going toward abortions. The Family Research Council’s report estimates that up to half-a-trillion dollars could be used to pay for abortions through Democratic state funding for health plans, while National Right to Life president Carol Tobias said $414 billion “potentially could be used to pay for elective abortions or insurance plans that cover elective abortions.”
Other policies Biden has instituted include a reversal on the prohibition of federal funding for foreign organizations that provide abortion services, the repeal of restrictions on the mailing of abortion-inducing drugs, and a change to the Title X program to allow Planned Parenthood to reenroll to obtain taxpayer family planning funding.
Other parts of government have also loosened restrictions on abortion funding. The National Institutes of Health announced it will repeal Trump administration policies restricting the use of aborted fetal tissue in scientific research.
“As Senator Tim Scott noted in his remarks last night after the Biden address, this is a president who has failed to find the common ground he promised,” said Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. “Instead, President Biden has prioritized spending taxpayer dollars on abortion, making Obama look moderate by comparison.”
The Biden administration did not respond to a request for comment.