“Eliminating the Hyde amendment disregards the conscience rights of all Americans”

Editor’s note. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) 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. BABIN. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the Hyde amendment. For more than 40 years, Hyde enjoyed strong bipartisan support, with both Republicans and Democrats agreeing that Americans should never be forced to fund abortions with their hard-earned tax dollars. However, President Biden and my Democrat colleagues have now decided to abolish this crucial protection. 

By eliminating the Hyde amendment from their budget, they have disregarded the conscience rights of all Americans and blatantly attacked the lives of the unborn. As the father of five children and the grandfather of 17, I know just how precious life is, and I will never stop fighting to protect the Hyde amendment.