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The Hyde Amendment Has Saved 2 Million Lives. Democrats Want To Kill It


On September 30 America celebrates 40 years of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortion. As a result of this law, more than 2 million Americans are alive today. Exactly one week ago, I, along with abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and Genevieve Plaster from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee in favor of upholding the Hyde Amendment and enacting the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act.

The Hyde Amendment was proposed by Rep. Henry Hyde and first enacted in 1976 on one of the spending bills Congress must pass each year. This law prevents taxpayer funding of abortions in various federal health programs run by the Department of Human Services, which oversees the National Institutes of Health, Medicaid and Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, among others.

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.”

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