The Hyde amendment has “rightfully shielded hardworking citizens’ tax dollars from the unethical practice of abortion”

8Editor’s note. On July  22, Rep. Andrew Clyde  spoke in favor of H.R. 18, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

Mr. CLYDE. Mr. Speaker, as elected Representatives, we are obligated to handle taxpayer dollars in a manner that is both responsible and above reproach. For decades, legislators, through provisions such as the Hyde amendment, have rightfully shielded hardworking citizens’ tax dollars from the unethical practice of abortion. 

However, countless legislative proposals this Congress prove that my colleagues across the aisle are not interested in preserving vital pro-life, good government provisions upon which our constituents depend, as they have intentionally eliminated the Hyde amendment at every opportunity. By removing pro-life provisions like Hyde, we are subjecting the American people to funding practices that violate the sanctity of life. 

I could speak at length about the horrors of abortion, but the simple fact of the matter is this: Taxpayer dollars should never financially support abortion, and we should always protect the conscience rights of our constituents.