Abortion Distortion in Mississippi Primary

In response to the Cochran “Only One” ad, McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch says in an April 1 press release that Cochran has supported “taxpayer funding for abortions.” It’s a claim that the campaign has made more than once, and it’s an exaggeration.

When we asked for evidence, the McDaniel campaign cited three votes in the 1980s restricting the use of taxpayer funds for abortions through Medicaid. Cochran has a decades-long history of supporting such restrictions. Nevertheless, the McDaniel campaign cited two votes on the so-called Hyde amendment, which restricts federal funding of certain abortions through Medicaid, and a third vote on an amendment restricting the District of Columbia from spending its own money on abortions.

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