Editor’s note. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
Mr. HUIZENGA. Madam Speaker, I rise today with an opportunity for this body and the United States Congress to save lives. The Hyde amendment has been an essential safeguard that has defended the unborn and protected millions of lives for more than 40 years. A recent estimate credits the Hyde amendment with saving more than 2.4 million precious and innocent lives.
Historically, measures which prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to perform abortions have garnered strong bipartisan support. In fact, President Biden was a vocal supporter of the Hyde amendment during his decades of service in the U.S. Senate.
However, it is clear that Democrats in Washington have changed their mind, as they have recently made it their mission to eliminate these longstanding protections and force families in west Michigan and across the Nation to violate their deeply held beliefs by funding abortions on demand with their hard-earned tax dollars. I believe, as millions of Michiganders and those across America believe, we must embrace a culture that protects the values of life. Using taxpayer dollars to end the lives of innocent children is wrong.