“Abortion does not improve or defend life; it takes life.”

Editor’s note. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Georgia) spoke in favor of  H.R. 18, “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). The Smith bill would make permanent, and government-wide,  the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions.

Mr. HICE of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today as a staunch defender of the rights of the unborn, as a defender of the idea that human life begins at conception. But these ideals are being threatened today like never before. This week, I join my fellow Republicans in speaking out in support of the Hyde amendment and other pro-life provisions stripped from appropriations bills by the Democratic majority. 

The Hyde amendment is and has been a bipartisan provision included in every Federal spending measure for the past four decades. It has ensured that the lives of the unborn are protected and that no Federal tax dollars are used to fund abortions. Very simply, the Hyde amendment saves lives. 

I am committed to ending the blight of abortion on our Nation and to stand with all I have to fight to protect the rights and the lives of the unborn. 

My Democratic colleagues are great at changing terms and changing names. By definition, healthcare protects and improves lives, yet Democrats changed ‘‘healthcare’’ to include abortion. But abortion does not improve or defend life; it takes life. It is not healthcare.