Rep. Chris Smith: The life-saving amendment

40 years ago today, the Hyde Amendment was first enacted. Since then, it’s saved millions of lives. Today, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)—Chair of the Pro-Life Caucus—writes in an op-ed online for the Washington Times why this anniversary is so important.  

Check out the highlights from Rep. Smith’s op-ed, here:

  • “Today marks 40 years since the life-saving Hyde Amendment was first enacted. This annual appropriations amendment stops taxpayer dollars from being used to fund most abortions and abortion coverage through government programs like Medicaid.”
  • “Prior to enactment of Hyde, the Medicaid program paid for about 300,000 abortions annually. Research, including by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, has long shown that stopping taxpayer-funded abortion reduces the abortion rate. In an analysis released just this week, the Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that the Hyde amendment saves as many as 60,000 lives each year.”
  • “I remember the day several years ago when my friend and author of the amendment, Henry Hyde of Illinois, first learned that about one million children were alive because of his amendment. He was overcome with joy knowing that a million mothers were spared the agony of post abortion pain, a million children were alive and well, growing up, going to school, playing sports, dating, marrying and having kids of their own. Today that number is estimated at two million — all because abortion subsidies have been prohibited by this law.”

See Rep. Smith’s full op-ed by visiting the Washington Times.