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Mark Levin on Opposition to Hyde Amendment: ‘They Say a Mother Has a Choice,’ But Taxpayers ‘Don’t’

Mark Jennings
By Mark Jennings | June 7, 2019 | 12:51 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On Thursday, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin discussed the Hyde Amendment and suggested that those who oppose it “say a mother has a choice,” but taxpayers “don’t.”

“The left has no tolerance for diversity,” stated Mark Levin. “The left has no tolerance for religious liberty. They say the mother has a choice, but of course, the taxpayers, many of whom are mothers, they don’t have a choice. And so, not only do they compel abortion from sea to shining sea, but they compel that everybody pay for it.”

Mark Levin’s comments came in response to Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. House Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass), who expressed opposition to the Hyde amendment. According to CBSNews.com, “The Hyde Amendment restricts federal funding from supporting abortions except in instances of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.” In his interview with CNN, Rep. Moulton said of rival presidential candidate Joe Biden’s support for the Hyde Amendment: “It disproportionately attacks women who don't have the private means to afford an abortion. And it's sort of like saying, you know, ‘I support the troops, but I don't want to pay for – pay them.”

Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show on Thursday:

Mark Levin: “There’s a big debate about the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment was an amendment to every appropriations bill, every major appropriations bill that basically said the American taxpayer’s not funding abortions. The reason is there are millions and millions of people in this country who have a moral repulsion to abortion, and they shouldn’t be forced to pay for it. But the left has no tolerance for diversity. The left has no tolerance for religious liberty. They say the mother has a choice, but of course, the taxpayers, many of whom are mothers, they don’t have a choice. And so, not only do they compel abortion from sea to shining sea, but they compel that everybody pay for it. So, Seth Moulton on CNN today made an outrageous statement.

“Cut 18, go.”

CNN Anchor John Berman: “Joe Biden has been clear on his support of the Hyde Amendment throughout his career. The Democratic Party platform has gone against that starting in 2016, but Joe Biden hasn’t changed his position. What’s your opinion of that?”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.): “I think he should change his position. I think it’s wrong. It disproportionately attacks women who don’t have the private means to afford an abortion.”

Levin: “Let’s just stop there. This isn’t about economics. This isn’t about the rich or the poor. It’s about humanity.

“Why does everything come down to class warfare for the Democrats? Why does everything come down, effectively, to a Marxist construct? Poor women can’t afford abortions? Who do you think get most of the abortions in this country, even before the federal government funded them? There’s all kinds of clinics that are more than happy to perform abortions, and they don’t charge a hell of a lot of money.

“Go ahead.”

Moulton: “It’s sort of like saying, you know, ‘I support the troops, but I don’t want to pay for – pay them.’”

Levin: “Woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah. This is sick, and this comes from a military man. And I’m telling you, all military men aren’t the same, particularly when they become politicians. He says, ‘I don’t support the troops’—excuse me—‘I support the troops, but I don’t want to pay for them’? ‘I support the troops, but I don’t want to pay for them’? The troops are protecting life. The troops are patriots. Abortion has nothing to do with that. Abortion extinguishes a life.

“‘Call it a choice.’ I’m not going to call it a choice. I don’t have to regurgitate what the left says. It’s a human being, and this man, a man of the military, and yet so obsessed with becoming the nominee of his party embraces the radical left, that he would dare compare funding of aborting human life to troops.

“Go ahead.”

Moulton: “That’s the analogy here – and I – and I think it’s wrong. He says he’s pro-choice. He says he supports a woman’s right to make this decision with her doctor, and yet he refuses to support federal funds for it.

Levin: “So what? That was the position of the United States government and Democrats for decades before Barack Obama –for decades. One has nothing to do with the other. You have a right to own land, but that doesn’t mean the government has to buy it for you, does it?”

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