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National Right to Life Mourns the Passing of Former Senator Orrin Hatch

Apr 24, 2022 | 2022 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON – National Right to Life (NRLC) mourns the passing of former Senator Orrin Hatch who passed away at the age of 88 on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Senator Hatch served for 42 years in the U.S. Senate beginning in 1977— making him the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history.

“Senator Hatch worked to protect unborn children and their mothers by sponsoring pro-life legislation throughout his career,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Senator Hatch was untiring in his work to protect unborn children from abortion.”

Senator Hatch sponsored the Hatch Federalism Amendment in 1981 which would have overturned Roe v. Wade and recognized that there is no right to abortion in the Constitution. In 1983, he sponsored the Hatch-Eagleton Amendment which also would have recognized that there is no right to abortion in the Constitution. Senator Hatch repeatedly sponsored legislation and amendments to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion. In addition, Senator Hatch worked for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

“Senator Hatch recognized early in his career the need to be a voice for the voiceless and to protect innocent human life,” said Tobias. “We will be forever grateful for his service.”

National Right to Life expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Senator Hatch.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of affiliates in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.