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“The Hyde amendment has saved 2.5 million lives and protected the conscience rights of Americans”

by | Aug 5, 2021

Editor’s note. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). The Smith bill would make permanent, and government-wide, the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions. 

Mr. HUDSON. Madam Speaker, as a father, I believe that every life has value, and I am proud to be pro-life. But whether you are pro-life or not, my fellow North Carolinians and Americans all across the country agree that government should not use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. That is why the Hyde amendment was created. 

The Hyde amendment has saved 2.5 million lives and protected the conscience rights of Americans, all with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. In fact, Hyde has been renewed every year since 1976, under majorities and Presidents of both parties, including President Barack Obama. However, in his most recent budget proposal, President Joe Biden chose to ignore precedent and the will of the people by excluding Hyde amendment protections. This is a radical shift in policy. Americans should not be forced to violate their conscience to pay for abortions. 

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