Life with Dignity

by Mary Matson, Respect Life Representative

FIGHTING FOR HYDE (author unknown)

Do you know the backstory on the “Hyde Amendment?” And why is this so important?

WHAT HAPPENED: Back in 1976, Republicans were still reeling in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. But a freshman legislator from Illinois named Henry Hyde offered up a simple proposal: while abortion had tragically just been imposed by the Supreme Court on the country, taxpayers should not be forced to pay for it.

It took a bipartisan coalition of pro-life Democrats and pro-life Republicans, pushing back against a hostile media.

But he won.

Congress passed the Hyde Amendment in 1976. But it didn’t go into effect immediately until the Supreme Court finally upheld it as constitutional in 1980. Since that time, control of the House and Senate has changed hands several times and we’ve had seven different presidents -- including 4 Republicans and 3 Democrats.

Yet the Hyde Amendment endures -- despite an ever-aggressive push by the abortion lobby.

For now...

Today every Democratic presidential candidate -- including frontrunner and “Catholic” Joe Biden -- have pledged to repeal Hyde. The days of compromise are over. Big Abortion wants our money. And they will get it -- if we don’t fight back.

Henry Hyde died in 2007. But his legacy lives on. Some estimates suggest his simple amendment has saved two million children from abortion.

Hyde’s most famous quote has also endured. In fact, this quote hangs on my wall because it inspires me so much:

"When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I've often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God and a terror will rip through your soul like nothing you can imagine.

"But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement.

"They will say to God, ‘Spare him because he loved us,’ and God will look at you and say not, ‘Did you succeed?’ but ‘Did you try?’