“It is time to make these Hyde amendment protections permanent”

Editor’s note. On July  22, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.spoke in favor of H.R. 18, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

Mr. JOHNSON of Louisiana. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the pro-life Hyde amendment. Typically, during appropriation season, of course, Democrats and Republicans debate our differences, but we have always historically rallied together in opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, and we have adopted the bipartisan Hyde amendment. However, for some inexplicable reason, this year is different.

In 1994, then Senator Joe Biden famously stated: ‘‘Those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.’’ Of course, he was right. But the President’s position has changed now, giving fuel to the fire of Democrat leadership here in this House to follow suit in their own funding bills. 

It is time to make these Hyde amendment protections permanent. It is true: Hyde saves lives. And today I am asking my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to recognize the inherent dignity of every single human life, rejecting this blatant attack on pro-life amendments like the Hyde amendment.