Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, bipartisan policy that prevents taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortion on-demand through Medicaid. For decades, the Hyde Amendment — named for its lead proponent, the great pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde — has protected unborn children as well as the conscience rights of pro-life taxpayers who do not want to be complicit in abortion.
A new report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute calculates that because of the Hyde Amendment, more than two million people — each one of them created and sent to this world for a purpose — are alive today. How many other government policies can boast that profound and lifesaving an impact?
The majority of Americans (including 63 percent of women, 45 percent of those who say they are “pro-choice” and 44 percent of Democrats) oppose the use of their taxes to fund abortion, but Hillary Clinton and her abortion industry allies want to end this 40-year consensus. Indeed, the two presidential candidates have staked out opposite positions. Donald Trump just last week reiterated his pro-life commitments and pledged to enshrine the Hyde Amendment into law, while Clinton wants to repeal it. Her radical support for forcing taxpayers to fund abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth is out of step — even with members of her own party. The distinction between the candidates here could not be more clear.
In honor of this anniversary, Susan B. Anthony List publicly launched the “Save Hyde” Declaration. More than 13,000 grassroots activists and 35 federal legislators have signed on in support of the amendment and in opposition to Hillary Clinton’s pledge to repeal it. SBA List is also working to ensure voters understand Clinton’s radical views on abortion. Out of step with women, Hispanics, and even Democrats, this position should and will hurt her chances for victory on November 8th.
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Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life organization dedicated to electing leaders and advancing legislation to reduce and ultimately end abortion.