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Hawley Hits Biden For Abortion Record, Calls For Him To Reconsider Funding Abortions Abroad 

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Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley warned President Joe Biden Wednesday that his pro-abortion policies are “an affront” to the “deeply held beliefs” of Americans.

The Missouri Republican called on Biden to reconsider his decision to rescind the Mexico City Policy, which prevents federal funds from going to abortions abroad. (RELATED: 77% Of Americans Oppose Taxpayer Funding Of Abortions Abroad, Poll Shows)

“For millions of pro-life Missourians, and millions more pro-life and religious conservatives across the country, your administration’s effort to compel American taxpayers to fund foreign organizations working to snuff out the lives of unborn children around the world is an affront to their most deeply-held beliefs,” Hawley wrote in a letter to the new president.

“Sadly, it provides further evidence that your appeals to unity were primarily words for a campaign – words that you appear to have little intention of putting into action,” he continued.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden wave as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House, on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)

Hawley called the Mexico City Policy “common-sense” and ” an important safeguard” to ensuring that U.S. aid money will not be used by foreign nonprofit organizations  to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.” (RELATED: ‘Deeply Disturbing’: Pro-Life Leaders Condemn Biden Funding Abortions Abroad With Taxpayer Dollars)

“Regardless of where one stands on the moral question of abortion, we should all be able to agree that resources entrusted to the federal government by American taxpayers should be used for the defense, betterment, and advancement of American lives and American values, not to subsidize the killing of unborn children abroad,” he wrote.

Hawley also highlighted Biden’s former record on abortion, calling it “perplexing” that Biden is making abortion a “top priority.”

“During your several decades in Congress, you regularly supported the Hyde Amendment – an important safeguard against federal funds being used to support abortion procedures domestically,” Hawley wrote. (RELATED: Here’s How Joe Biden Has Evolved On Abortion)

“Though you have recently changed your long-standing position on this issue,” he continued, “I must ask: How can you justify engaging in a taxpayer funded effort internationally that we have – in a bipartisan way, no less – long created safeguards against domestically in defense of life, liberty, and conscience?”

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