U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem came out strongly again today against Planned Parenthood and called for government-wide application of the Hyde Amendment banning Medicaid coverage for abortions.
“I believe every life, including an unborn baby’s life, has dignity and value,” she wrote in her weekly column.
Noem is running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018, as is state Attorney General Marty Jackley.
She said President Donald Trump signed into federal law an act of Congress that allows states to stop funding Planned Parenthood or other organizations that use the money to provide abortions.
“To say that we must fund Planned Parenthood or deny thousands of women care is a false choice. We can support women’s health – and specifically, health care for low-income women – without supporting abortion providers,” Noem wrote.
The Hyde Amendment has been in place since 1976. Noem said it is “unacceptable” the Affordable Care Act that won approval during President Barack Obama’s first term and continues today has allowed federal tax dollars to reach more than 1,000 abortion-covering health plans.
She called for making the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which I cosponsored and the House passed, would accomplish that,” she said.