Every year, pro-lifers in Congress must fight to preserve numerous budget riders that protect unborn children. The most famous of these is the Hyde Amendment, which forbids abortion payments through federal Medicaid, with exceptions for rape, incest, and the mother’s life. Experts on both sides estimate that the Hyde Amendment has saved over one million lives since it was first enacted in 1976.
Let’s dwell on this. There are approximately 145,437,000 Americans under the age of 35. One in 145 would be dead if pro-abortion groups had gotten their way. How many people under 35 are friends with you on facebook? How many, statistically, would have “disappeared” without Hyde?
There’s another rider which is less well-known. The Dornan Amendment prohibits abortion spending through federal funds in the District of Columbia. This rider failed for two years under the Obama administration, but has since been restored.
During just those two years, we paid for the deaths of 300 unborn children. True, some would likely have been killed anyway. But others could have survived, if it weren’t for our “help.”
It’s easy to get glossy-eyed when we hear talk of taxes and budget riders and negotiations and amendments. We cannot afford to forget what these battles are really about: life and death.