Forty years ago today, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) introduced the Hyde Amendment to prevent most federal funding of abortions. While Hyde admitted it didn’t go far enough, a new analysis by Dr. Michael New of the Charlotte Lozier Institute concludes that more than two million babies have been born thanks to the law:
However, New, an associate scholar of the Charlotte Lozier Institute and political scientist at the University of Michigan, found that Hyde has saved over two million children from abortion. As described in the report’s Executive Summary, the Amendment saves about 60,000 people per year, and has saved 2.13 million children since its inception.
“Two million lives saved is reason to celebrate,” said CLI president Chuck Donovan. “The Hyde Amendment is popular not just with pro-lifers, but with a majority of Americans — people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs who all agree that forcing taxpayers to fund abortion is wrong.”
There have been over 55 million abortions in America since 1973, meaning that Hyde has prevented 3.5 percent of domestic abortions since Roe v. Wade.
Of course, to Democrats, saving unborn lives is a bad thing. The party has promised to repeal Hyde, despite its bipartisan past and public support:
The Democratic Party’s platform promises to repeal of the Amendment because it “impede[s] a woman’s access to abortion,” as does party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Vice-Presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has said he will subordinate his support for Hyde to Clinton’s agenda against it if their ticket wins in November.
To readers of this site, and anyone with a basic awareness of science, the Hyde Amendment has been a boon to America. Is it imperfect? Yup. But it’s also been a bulwark against the Democratic Party’s increasing anti-life, anti-conscience priorities.
With an apology for ending on a negative note, it is important to know where the Hyde Amendment is faulty. In addition to the nonsense Executive Order in Obamacare that the administration ignored as soon as the ACA was signed, here are a couple of other glaring examples:
Additionally, Planned Parenthood received $60 million in Title X birth control/contraceptive funding in 2014 — an annual funding of its services that includes abortion-inducing drugs and devices. According to New, “there is no good metric of lives lost due to the use of abortifacients. Official statistics (CDC and Guttmacher) only count surgical abortions and chemical abortions (RU -486).”
Other sources of funding for Planned Parenthood were so difficult to parse that the Government Accountability Office and the Family Research Council were unable to distinguish between state and federal funds.