(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) praised the Democratic Party platform’s new language Tuesday that calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, saying doing so will save money.
“In the end, by repealing the Hyde Amendment we will actually save this country money,” Chu told CNSNews.com at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
CNSNews.com asked Chu to comment on the section of the new platform, which states: “We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
“You know what?” Chu replied. “I actually believe that in the end by repealing the Hyde Amendment we will actually save this country money, because rather than having all kinds of unwanted pregnancies, there will be able to be the ability for women to have greater choice over their bodies no matter what their income level is. That’s the importance of repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
Chu supported the EACH Woman Act last summer, which would have lifted the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions on federal funding for abortion.
“By denying federal insurance coverage of abortion, the Hyde Amendment puts access out of reach for so many,” Chu said of the legislation at the time. “The EACH Women Act would roll back Hyde once and for all. That’s why we’ll push this bill until all women, regardless of their income, the type of insurance they have, or the state they reside in, can make personal health decisions based on what is best for her and her family.”