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For 45 years, House has “accepted the powerful message of the Hyde amendment”

by | Jul 13, 2021

Editor’s note. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota. Fifty million, Madam Speaker. The WHO estimates that 50 million abortions are performed each year. It is a soul-rending number. Of course, abortion is a deeply divisive legal, political, and moral dispute, but despite that fact, for 45 years, this body has been able to come together to accept the powerful message of the Hyde amendment, that taxpayer funding should never be used for abortion. When I think about what we can do together, that is a powerful message. 

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