In 1976, Congress was over-whelmingly controlled by Democrats, and was continually until 1994 when Republicans gained control of the House for the first time in 40 years. In 2006, Pelosi took up the gavel once again.
The Hyde “amendment” prohibited federal payments for abortion, and was attached to family planning and Medicaid bills, as well as foreign aid.
Fast-forward to 2009, when the Obamacare debate was in full swing. Bart Stupak (D, MI) along with ten or so Democrat colleagues could not support the ACA without certain language prohibiting abortion and aborticides being covered in the bill. His amendment was added to the House Bill, but not the Senate version which was passed by hook or by crook. Obama promised to issue an Executive Order to secure these votes.
He issued the EO, but it wasn’t worth the paper it was written on, as predicted.
Now we have close to 100 lawsuits traveling through the Courts over the HHS mandate that their employee health insurance cover all forms of “contraception”, including aborticides such as Inter Uterine Devices (IUDs), and the morning after pill which effectively abort conceived life.
This mandate was written by Sebelious and HHS after the law was enacted and is an affront to the first Amendment guarantees of freedom of religion. Plaintiffs include Notre Dame, Hobby Lobby, and the Sisters of the Poor. The Supremes will issue a ruling sometime in June.
Stupak declined to run for re-election. The Democrats purged their party of all moderates following the passage of Obamacare, which resulted in the Republicans retaking the House in the 2010 mid-terms.