“Taking the life of an unborn child is simply unconscionable”

Editor’s note. Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ACT.

Mr. BAIRD. Mr. Speaker, today I rise because, as a proud pro-life advocate, I cannot stay silent as I watch the Biden administration chip away at the rights of defenseless unborn. Democrats have been working overtime with the Biden administration to roll back critical protections for the unborn so they can push radical proabortion policies, and their latest victim, it appears, is the Hyde amendment. 

For over 40 years, the Hyde amendment has saved millions of lives by preventing the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. A recent poll from the Knights of Columbus indicates that 58 percent of Americans oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to support abortions. That number also includes 65 percent of Independents and 31 percent of Democrats. 

If millions of Americans are against the use of tax dollars being used to support abortion, then why is Congress considering legislation that does just exactly that? If this legislation were for the people, wouldn’t we listen to them instead of forcing American taxpayers to subsidize something that the majority of them are against? 

Taking the life of an unborn child is simply unconscionable. I believe that we, as a governing body, have a responsibility to protect life at every stage, especially the defenseless unborn who are unable to advocate for themselves. We have no business using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.