Family Research Council

Standing for Truth: Henry Hyde


By Tony Perkins
August 07, 2013

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He may have been a freshman in the minority party--but that didn't stop Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. The late Henry Hyde understood what President Obama has not: forcing Americans to pay for abortion is wrong. Back in 1977, he decided that throwing tax dollars at abortion would only encourage the poor to have them. So Henry Hyde decided to do something about it. He reached across the aisle to work with Baptist William Natcher, a powerful Democrat who also believed in the sanctity of life. Together, they wrote--and passed--the Hyde Amendment, which has protected the lives of millions of unborn children. Their partnership showed that leaders can work together to accomplish good things for American in Washington. For years, pro-abortion demonstrators yelled ugly words at Henry Hyde--but this tall, white-haired grandfather never struck back. Henry Hyde loved life and stood strong for truth.

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