Dems Try to Hyde Agenda

Imagine wiping the city of Houston completely off the map. That’s how many people would have lost their lives if the Hyde Amendment had never been passed. Two million Americans. In the 40 years since Henry Hyde passed his ban on taxpayer-funded abortion, generations of children have celebrated birthdays. They’re alive because Congress realized what everyone should: forcing taxpayers to finance the culture of death is un-American and inhumane.

Yet today, as pro-lifers blow out the candles on four decades of life-saving legislation, liberals are already hard at work to snuff future lives out. Starting with the Democratic platform, the president’s party is on the march to destroy the Hyde Amendment — and put Americans back on the hook for the destruction of innocent unborn children. That won’t be an easy task for Hillary Clinton and company, since more than two-thirds of Americans (including 45 percent of people who call themselves “pro-choice”) oppose this forced partnership between taxpayers and groups like Planned Parenthood. In other words, as Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) says,

“The Hyde Amendment is not extreme. Hillary Clinton is.” If we lose the Hyde Amendment, he warns, “our country will be… incentivizing the destruction of the poor and vulnerable by paying for their death. There are nearly 60 million Americans missing from 43 years of legal abortion. That’s 60 million lives with potential that have been snuffed out by state-sanctioned killing. Hillary Clinton poses an existential threat to the welfare and well-being of unborn children and their mothers in the United States and around the world. Rather than expand the culture of death and shred the Hyde amendment — as Hillary Clinton promises — women and men of conscience have a duty to protect the weakest and most vulnerable from the violence of abortion.”

Plenty of liberals will tell you that funding abortions doesn’t increase them. And yet the Left’s own research shows that the Hyde Amendment prevented anywhere from 18-35 percent of abortions. Guttmacher Institute (along with pro-life experts like Dr. Michael New) has also found that when the government subsidizes the taking of innocent unborn life, the number of abortions jumps by a whopping 25 percent. FRC’s Arina Grossu pointed out where the country was without Hyde — and where it would return if Planned Parenthood’s choice for president is elected. “Between 1973 and 1977, the years between Roe v. Wade and the Hyde Amendment becoming law, the federal government spent about $50 million annually to fund approximately 300,000 abortions per year under Medicaid. In defending his amendment, Hyde said we “cannot in logic and conscience help fund the execution of these innocent, defenseless human lives.” Now, as a direct result of this piece of legislation, 60,000 future parents, doctors, inventors teachers, service members, and more are spared every year. (Check out to see the faces behind this one-in-nine statistic.) In her piece for The Federalist, Arina points back to the amendment’s namesake, who ended his defense of the language by saying,

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“‘Don’t say ‘poor woman, go destroy your young, and we will pay for it.’ An innocent, defenseless human life, in a caring and humane society, deserves better than to be flushed down a toilet or burned in an incinerator. The promise of America is that life is not just for the privileged, the planned, or the perfect… [Henry] Hyde was a tireless fighter for preborn babies. More than 2 million people who may not have been ‘privileged,’ ‘planned,’ or ‘perfect’ are alive because of Hyde, and I bet they are quite thankful for it.”

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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