2022 proving to be an incredibly tumultuous, but pivotal, year

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. This appeared in the April edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to make your pro-life family and friends aware of this story and of the entire 42 page issue.

In 1976, when Henry Hyde, a new member of the US House of Representatives from Illinois, introduced an amendment to limit tax-funding of abortion, Democrats had a two-to-one advantage in the House and enough votes in the Senate to override a filibuster.

Yet the Hyde amendment was adopted in that Congress with strong bipartisan support.  A federal district court enjoined the law but, about a year later, that decision was vacated by the US Supreme Court.  Following a 1980 Supreme Court case, the Hyde amendment, with slight variations, has been continuously in effect. 

Each party was more split on Life in those days. Many Democrats were pro-life and some Republicans were pro-abortion.  For the next 18 years, Democrats controlled the House.  They controlled the Senate for 12 of those 18 years.  And every year, the Hyde amendment was enacted as part of the appropriations process.

In 1994, Republicans, with a huge wave in the election and heavy involvement by the National Right to Life Political Action Committee, took control of the House and Senate.  Majority control has bounced back and forth between the parties since then.  And still, the Hyde amendment was retained.

And over the years, other limits were placed on abortion funding, including funds appropriated for international aid (Helms Amendment), the federal employee health benefits program (Smith Amendment), the District of Columbia (Dornan Amendment), federal prisons, Peace Corps, and more. 

Many Democrats in Congress who supported abortion also acknowledged that pro-life people should not be forced to pay for them.

But, also over the years, party positions on abortion became more polarized with almost all Republicans in Congress supporting legal protection for preborn children and virtually all Democrats supporting unlimited abortion throughout pregnancy.

After the 2020 election, Democrats in Congress, strongly allied with the abortion industry, said “no more.”  No more would they support reasonable measures like the Hyde amendment.  No more would they allow limits to be placed on abortion or abortion funding.

President Joe Biden, for the second year in a row, has produced a budget that removes all limits on tax funding of abortion.

The House, with pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi setting the agenda, passed appropriations bills that allowed for the funding of abortion through various government programs.  

The House passed a resolution which purports to retroactively remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  The ERA would likely be used to invalidate virtually all limitations on abortion, and to require government funding of abortion. 

And, the House passed the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, more accurately the “No-Limits-on-Abortion-Until-Birth-Act.”

Thankfully, these measures ran into a pro-life brick wall in the Senate.  Pro-life senators have held firm, using the filibuster to prevent Democrats, under the leadership of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, from passing the bills and sending them to President Joe Biden for his signature.

Our pro-life friends in Congress have been relentless in their pursuit of pro-life legislation, introducing bills like the No Taxpayer-Funding for Abortion Act, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, the Conscience Protection Act, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, the Second Chance at Life Act (regarding Abortion Pill Reversal), and more.

Members have challenged the Food and Drug Administration regarding its decision to allow abortionists to mail chemical abortion pills directly into a woman’s home without a physical exam prior to undertaking the abortion.  They have introduced a resolution to stop federal grants to abortion providers; they have asked the Department of Justice to investigate illegal fetal tissue research, and more.

The contrast between parties could not be more stark.  Republicans support protective measures for unborn children.  Democrats support unlimited abortion on demand throughout pregnancy, and tax-funding of abortion.

That is what’s at stake this fall.  The election will determine if Democrats get enough votes to pass their rabid anti-life agenda, or if Republicans will have enough votes to bring some sanity back to the halls of the Capitol.

Make no mistake.  Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in its upcoming Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, if Democrats are in full control of the House and Senate, they will wreak incredible havoc when it comes to the future of unborn children.

Many of the Democrat Senators and Representatives of the 1970’s and 1980’s would no longer be welcome in the party.  I daresay, they would not recognize their party in 2022.  

You may know people who always vote Democrat, maybe because that’s the way their parents voted.  Ask them if they know how much the party has changed over the last 40 years. Does the party of today really represent them?

This is an incredibly tumultuous, but pivotal, year.  Leave no stone unturned.  

Make sure pro-lifers are registered to vote. 

Make sure they know where candidates stand on Life.  

And make sure they vote.