Are American Taxpayers Paying For Abortion? What About the Hyde Amendment?

[Comment: While this article is rather long and complicated, it does answer the question about the Hyde Amendment restricting taxpayer funding. N. Valko RN, 4 Oct 2015] · taxpayers subsidize roughly 24% of all abortion costs in the U.S. · this is equivalent to taxpayers paying the full cost of 250,000 abortions a year, with about 70,000 financed by federal taxpayers In a fiery exchange with Chuck Todd on last Sunday’s Meet the Press, Carly Fiorina stated repeatedly that American taxpayers are paying for abortion. This may puzzle casual observers who are under the impression that for decades, the Hyde Amendment has somehow protected taxpayers who oppose abortions from having to pay for them. So what’s the truth? This week’s passage of a continuing resolution to avert a potential government shut-down over the issue of Planned Parenthood funding now has shifted what may be a knock-down-drag-out fight over that issue until December 11. For readers wishing to get better informed in advance of both that debate as well as candidate debates in the weeks ahead, I thought a brief primer was in order. As best I can determine, taxpayers subsidize roughly 24% of all abortion costs in the U.S. with 6.6% borne by federal taxpayers and the remaining 17.4% picked up by state taxpayers. If we apply the 24% figure to the total number of abortions, this is equivalent to taxpayers paying the full cost of 250,000 abortions a year, with about 70,000 financed by federal taxpayers and 180,000 financed by state taxpayers. These figures are very rough but certainly are more accurate than subjective guesses on either side...