The Hyde Amendment Democrats want to eliminate has saved over 2.4 million lives

Senator Biden wrote to a constituent: “those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.”

Editor’s note. These are excerpts of remarks delivered by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) during the House of Representatives floor debate on H.R. 18—No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

More than twenty peer-reviewed studies show that more than 2.4 million people are alive today in the United States because of the Hyde Amendment—with about 60,000 babies spared death by abortion every year.

Over 2.4 million people who would have been aborted instead survived because taxpayer funds were unavailable to effectuate their violent demise.

Growing numbers of Americans continue to be shocked to learn that the methods of abortion include dismemberment of a child’s fragile body including decapitation, and that drugs like RU 486 starve the baby to death before he or she is forcibly expelled from the womb.

The multibillion-dollar abortion industry cleverly markets the sophistry of choice while going to extraordinary lengths to ignore, trivialize and cover-up the battered baby-victim.

By reason of their age, dependency, immaturity, inconvenience, fragility and/or unwantedness, unborn children have been denied justice—and the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life.

The right to life is for everyone not just the planned, the privileged or the perfect.

Ultrasound has not only been an amazing diagnostic tool for treating disease and disability before birth but it has also made the unborn baby more visible.

Today, for many expectant moms, first baby pictures aren’t of their precious newborn baby but ultrasound imaging photos and videos chronicling the amazing miracle of their child’s journey before birth.

Madame Speaker, 166 Members of Congress have cosponsored my bill H.R. 18—No taxpayers Funding for Abortion Act to make the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and ensure that the Affordable Care Act conforms with the Hyde Amendment.

According to public opinion polls most Americans—by the decisive margin of 58% to 38% in a recent Marist poll—agree that taxpayers should not—I say again should not—be compelled against their conscience to fund abortion.

Years ago, then Senator  Biden wrote to constituents explaining his support for the Hyde amendment and said it would “protect both the woman and her unborn child…” He  said: “I have consistently—on no fewer than 50 occasions—voted against federal funding of abortions…those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.”

I absolutely agree—those of us opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.

Madame Speaker, someday future generations of Americans will look back and wonder how and why such a seemingly smart, enlightened and compassionate society could have enabled and facilitated the extermination of over 62.5 million children –a number of child deaths that equates with the  entire population of Italy.

With deep respect for my colleagues, I believe unborn children need the President of the United States and Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to be their friends and advocates—not powerful adversaries.