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End the Hyde Amendment and decrease the odds that another Simone Biles will be born

by | Aug 5, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

Yesterday at NRL News Today, Maria Gallagher wrote a terrific post which we headlined “Watching the Olympics and remembering the would-be champions who lost their lives because of abortion.”

She began by echoing what so many of us feel: a profound awe at the athleticism of over 11,000 women and men excelling in Japan. But Maria also wrote, “But I watch the competition with a certain sobriety, knowing that there are young men and women who should be there—but are not—because they were never permitted a chance to be born. These are the would-be champions who lost their lives because of abortion.”

Today, we have another Olympics-related  story, courtesy of National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez, that ran under the headline “Simone Biles and Henry Hyde.” Miss Biles is, of course, the fabulous gymnast who has won an amazing number of medals in only two Olympics. Rep. Hyde is the revered author of the life-saving Hyde Amendment.

Lopez writes

Biles writes about that defining event in her life and her sister’s in her book Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance: the day her grandmother told her that she and her sister were now adopted by her and their grandfather, and the joy of being able to embrace them as Mom and Dad. She had a permanent home. A forever family to cheer her on and cry with her and give her advice and all the things parents can do for a child, well into adulthood. It’s not too much for a child to ask for. And yet there are at least 437,500 children in foster care — we’re still awaiting an official assessment of how the pandemic has made this crisis worse. It’s a crisis that cries out to us, in our socially distancing times, to reacquaint ourselves with hospitality.

Lopez asks us to consider: “If Simone Biles’s mother, struggling, had made the decision to abort her, we wouldn’t have the luxury of opining on Biles’s Olympic decision, because she would never have been born. In some zip codes, more black babies are aborted than born.”

So what is the pro-life this link between two very different kinds of American heroes, Simone Biles and Rep. Hyde? 

Hospitality. 

Let’s explore that for a few minutes.

Lopez brilliantly transitions from the controversy over Biles’ decision to forgo competing in a number of events to “the House of Representatives [which] was voting to end the Hyde amendment, a line in the sand that for four decades has prevented taxpayer funding of abortion” to “Welcoming the Stranger,” a speech he delivered at the 1987 National Right to Life Convention and later adapted for an essay that appeared in the Human Life Review where Rep. Hyde “reflected on hospitality as a civic virtue.”

“The American heritage of hospitality,” Hyde wrote, “is one reflection of the moral claim that undergirds this experiment in freedom: Jefferson’s claim . . . that ‘all men are created equal.’ In the long view of human history, that claim and the hospitality that flows from it are the exceptions, not the norms. In the long view of history, America is just that: an experiment against the grain.”

Lopez argues, persuasively, “If the boundaries of our public hospitality are one index of our public virtue and our character, then the abortion liberty — this terrible shredding of the fabric of our hospitality, this deliberate fracturing of the community of the commonly protected — must be reversed if America is to endure and prosper.”

 Lopez reminds us that Rep. Hyde often argued that abortion is “deeply unworthy of us” and “demeaning.” To which Lopez adds, “[H]e said all this in an era when — thanks to the Hyde amendment, we at least were not increasing the number of abortion by spending government money on them. But is that the plan now?”

To decrease the odds that another Simone Biles will be born. End the Hyde Amendment and once again start money flowing through the federal spigot to pay for Medicaid abortions. 

Prior to the Hyde Amendment, the federal government paid for well over a quarter of a million abortions–300,000 to be exact–a number that was rising then and would be much higher now. 

Planned Parenthood no doubt is salivating at the prospect.

In the conclusion of her essay, Lopez writes

Is America a country of hospitality or cruelty? Is America a country that helps women and promotes life, or a country that throws both away? The House of Representatives has voted to put our money toward the latter. That’s what abortion is. The most important takeaway from the current news spotlight on Simone Biles is what a tremendous gift her life is, whatever choices she made in Tokyo.

Please do read “Simone Biles and Henry Hyde.” Once you do, please share it with friends—a great demonstration of hospitality.

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