Hyde Amendment (DHHS appropriations)
to prohibit federal funding of abortion
House Roll Call No. 388
105th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 270-150 (see complete tally)
Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment -- named after pro-life champion Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Il.) -- has prohibited funding of abortion (with narrow exceptions) by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which administers the massive Medicaid program and most other federal health programs. The Hyde Amendment is a "rider" to the annual DHHS appropriations bill. In 1997, Congressman Hyde offered a revised version of his
amendment, which clarified that states may not use federal funds to pay the costs of placing Medicaid patients in managed-care plans (such as HMOs), if the plans include coverage of abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest). Mr. Hyde offered this amendment to the Fiscal Year 1998 DHHS appropriations bill (H.R. 2264), and it was adopted by a vote of 270-150, House roll call no. 388, Sept. 11, 1997. (The Senate later approved the same language on a voice vote, and it became law.)

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 388
Votes For : 270
Votes Against : 150
Not Voting : 13

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