A provision in the $388 billion spending bill passed by Congress on
November 20 protects physicians and hospitals from financial penalties if
they choose not to perform abortions. The approval is seen by some in the
pro-choice community as an opening shot by Congress to curtail legal abortions.
The Hyde-Weldon amendment prohibits disbursement of funds from the spending
bill to states and local governments that would then withhold such funding
from physicians and hospitals that opt not to perform abortions. The passage
is a boost to the nearly 600 Catholic hospitals that feared reimbursement
cuts from the federal government because they choose not to perform abortions
at their facilities.
Mitka M. Budget Bill Addresses Abortion. JAMA. 2005;293(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.293.2.151-a
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