Hyde Saves Lives

July 23, 2021
Weekly Columns

For 45 years, Democrats and Republicans have come together to protect the consciences of Americans who believe that unborn children are human beings worthy of life. The Hyde Amendment, which was first introduced by Republican Congressman Henry Hyde in 1976, prevents federal tax dollars from being used to fund abortions within the Medicaid program. Estimates today find this law has saved nearly 2.5 million children from the horrors of abortion. 

Recently, Democrats stripped the Hyde Amendment from the annual Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, paving the way for taxpayers to be forced to fund the act of abortion. It’s disturbing that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has made ending the Hyde Amendment a top priority for her party. This must not be allowed to happen.

The good news is that some Democrats in the Senate have crossed party lines, calling the Hyde Amendment a long-standing compromise, and I am grateful for their support. I call on my friends across the aisle to find the courage to respect the American taxpayer and stop forcing us to pay for something approximately 50% of Americans are morally against. I am committed to saving the Hyde Amendment however I can.  I strongly believe in the humanity of the unborn and the dignity of all human life. I know many Arkansans agree with me. Americans should never be forced to pay for abortions.