5 Facts to Know About the Life-Saving Hyde Amendment

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5 Facts to Know About the Life-Saving Hyde Amendment

When you fly on a plane, on average 1 or 2 of those lives have been saved by the Hyde Amendment, according to the research of the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Because of Henry Hyde’s life-saving work, millions of babies can celebrate their birthday. The policy which shares his name has been referred to one of the most important public health initiatives in history, credited with saving literally millions of lives since its enactment. Sadly it is also under attack by pro-abortion forces and lawmakers who want abortion to be free for all women and paid for by taxpayers like yourself.

Here’s what you need to know about the Hyde Amendment:

1. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from paying for abortion.

2. The Hyde Amendment was first enacted by Congress in 1976 and has been passed each year since then with bipartisan support.

3. Most Americans oppose their tax dollars paying for abortion.

4. Publicly funded abortions were happening in the 1970s at a high rate. Since the passage of the Hyde Amendment, the abortion rate has dropped significantly.

5. Since its enactment, an estimated 2.13 million lives have been saved due to the Hyde Amendment. (Read more on this data from Dr. Michael New in his report for the Lozier Institute, “Hyde @ 40: Analyzing the Impact of the Hyde Amendment.”)

While we still have our work cut out for us to make abortion unthinkable in the United States, the Hyde Amendment has been a policy that has aided in building a culture of life, through education and literally saving over 2 million lives since 1976.

WATCH: March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and Charlotte Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan discuss the cultural and policy factors contributing to “why life is winning” in America.

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