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The 45th Anniversary of the Hyde Amendment: Over 2.4 Million American Lives Saved

Sep 30, 2021 | 2021 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON – On September 30, 1976, an amendment by pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) to prevent federal Medicaid funds from paying for abortions was enacted.

“For 45 years, the Hyde Amendment has proven to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction measure ever enacted by Congress,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “The Hyde Amendment has enjoyed bipartisan support for over 40 years and is widely recognized as having saved over 2.4 million American lives since it was first adopted in 1976.”

Tobias continued, “The life-affirming impact the Hyde Amendment has had cannot be overstated.”

In the 117th Congress, pro-abortion Democrats have targeted the Hyde Amendment as part of their scorched-earth campaign to remove any and all limitations on abortion and require taxpayer funding of abortion. Eliminating the Hyde Amendment would destroy over 40 years of unprecedented bipartisan support for a measure aimed at saving human lives.

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.