On September 23rd, the US House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice met to discuss “The Ultimate Civil Right: Examining the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” The purpose was to reevaluate the Hyde Amendment, the law that prevents federal funds from paying for abortions. At the hearing, abortion advocates made clear that not only do they want abortion on demand, but they also want US taxpayers to pay for it.
The Hyde Amendment is an essential component of saving countless lives, and making sure that pro-life people are not paying for abortions. Here are three compelling reasons why we need the Hyde Amendment:
- Freedom of Conscience. The Hyde Amendment keeps Americans who believe that abortion is a grave violence against the unborn from having to pay for it.
- Women deserve better than abortion. In the congressional hearing, Kierra Johnson of URGE said in her testimony that women need abortion to be free. The idea that women need to kill their unborn children in order to achieve equality with men is the opposite of liberation. Women deserve a culture that embraces both them and their unborn children.
- Most Americans are against taxpayer funding of abortion. According to a recent Marist poll, 62% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including 45% of pro-choice Americans.
Most of all, we need the Hyde Amendment because abortion kills an innocent, unborn human life. As Genevieve Plaster of the Charlotte Lozier institute said in her testimony, we need the Hyde Amendment because it saved over two million lives since 1976. If the Hyde Amendment is repealed, millions more unborn babies will be at risk of abortion.