More Than 100 Pro-Life Activists Petition Congress To Preserve Hyde Amendment

More Than 100 Pro-Life Activists Petition Congress To Preserve Hyde Amendment

More than 100 pro-life activists, judges, and faith leaders from around the country signed a letter on Tuesday urging Congress to preserve the Hyde Amendment.

“Conservatives believe that the sanctity of human life, including the value of every child, should be honored and protected by our laws. We are deeply opposed to efforts to strip the Hyde amendment and other long-standing pro-life provisions from federal law,” the letter states.

For weeks, President Joe Biden and his Democrat cronies in Congress have worked to oppose including the Hyde Amendment in budget legislation. Despite Biden’s previous support of the decades-old provision that prevents taxpayer dollars from funding abortions, the president recently broke the bipartisan tradition of including the amendment to instead appease the wing of his party intent on using tax dollars to pay for killing babies in utero.

Now, signees including President of Susan B. Anthony List Marjorie Dannenfelser, Concerned Women for America President and CEO Penny Nance, and President and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom Michael Farris are asking legislators to listen to the public and include Hyde.

“Over decades, both Democrat and Republican presidents have signed these protections into law — protections that were, for years, supported by President Biden in the United States Senate. But despite the broad bipartisan consensus and the national federal support for these policies, House Democrats have for the first time passed spending bills without them, raising the possibility that millions of Americans who are deeply and profoundly opposed to abortion will find their tax dollars used to subsidize the practice,” the letter continues.

Not only did the pro-life activists point to the Hyde Amendment’s life-saving qualities and its ability to “protect the vulnerable at home, abroad, in research, and to protect the conscience rights of medical providers who object to abortions,” but they also shamed Democrats for refusing to work with those on the opposite side of the political aisle.

“The Hyde amendment and its related policies are estimated to have saved the lives of 2.4 million babies since its inception. Revoking the Hyde amendment, and upending the bipartisan consensus that has supported its application, is a drastic step that shreds any vestige or pretense that Democrats are anything but radically pro-abortion,” the letter concludes. “We urge all conservatives, and anyone who values the sanctity and dignity of human life from conception until natural death, to oppose spending legislation which does not contain the Hyde amendment and key related pro-life policies.”

Just last month, 22 Republican attorneys general also banded together to urge Congress to preserve the Hyde Amendment.

“The Hyde Amendment was first enacted in 1976 following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, and has been reenacted every year since with broad bipartisan support. … Congress should resist following President Biden down this path and should instead maintain the Hyde Amendment language in the budget it ultimately passes,” the attorneys general wrote.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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