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Conservative Movement Leaders Oppose Repealing the Hyde Amendment

For nearly fifty years, the Hyde amendment has received bipartisan support as a national policy to ensure that U.S. taxpayers did not pay for abortions. Hyde-related policies have

been consistently applied in other federal programs to protect the vulnerable at home, abroad, in research, and to protect the conscience rights of medical providers who object to abortions.

But despite the broad bipartisan consensus and the national federal support for these policies, House Democrats have for the first time passed spending bills without them, raising the possibility that millions of Americans who are deeply and profoundly opposed to abortion will find their tax dollars used to subsidize the practice.

Over 100 leaders of the conservative movement have signed a letter urging all conservatives, and anyone who values the sanctity and dignity of human life from conception until natural death, to oppose spending legislation which does not contain the Hyde amendment and key related pro-life policies.


Text of the letter and list of signers follows:


July 20, 2021

Washington, DC


Conservatives believe that the sanctity of human life, including the value of every child, should be honored and protected by our laws. We are deeply opposed to efforts to strip the Hyde amendment and other long-standing pro-life provisions from federal law.


For nearly fifty years, the Hyde amendment has received bipartisan support as a national policy to ensure that U.S. taxpayers did not pay for abortions. Hyde-related policies have been consistently applied in other federal programs to protect the vulnerable at home, abroad, in research, and to protect the conscience rights of medical providers who object to abortions.

Over decades, both Democrat and Republican presidents have signed these protections into law – protections that were, for years, supported by President Biden in the United States Senate.

But despite the broad bipartisan consensus and the national federal support for these policies, House Democrats have for the first time passed spending bills without them, raising the possibility that millions of Americans who are deeply and profoundly opposed to abortion will find their tax dollars used to subsidize the practice.

The Hyde amendment and its related policies are estimated to have saved the lives of 2.4 million babies since its inception. Revoking the Hyde amendment, and upending the bipartisan consensus that has supported its application, is a drastic step that shreds any vestige or pretense that Democrats are anything but radically pro-abortion.

We urge all conservatives, and anyone who values the sanctity and dignity of human life from conception until natural death, to oppose spending legislation which does not contain the Hyde amendment and key related pro-life policies.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Penny Y. Nance

President & CEO

Concerned Women for America

Thomas E. McClusky

President

March for Life Action

Thomas Fitton

President, Judicial Watch, Inc.

President, Council for National Policy


Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project and President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Rachel A. Bovard

Senior Director of Policy

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Star Parker

Founder and President

Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)

The Honorable Russ Vought

Director, Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)

Mary Vought

Executive Director

Senate Conservatives Fund

Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project

Lori Roman

President, American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU)

Wesley Denton

Chief Operating Officer

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Scott T. Parkinson

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman, Constitutional Congress

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

The Honorable Brooke Rollins

President and CEO

America First Policy Institute (AFPI)

Anne Schlafly Cori

Chairman

Eagle Forum

Michael Farris

President & CEO

Alliance Defending Freedom

The Honorable Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.

Congressman (retired)

1st District of Kansas

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

Karen England

Executive Director

Capitol Resource Institute & Nevada Family Alliance

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Managing Editor

ConservativeHQ.com

The Honorable Stephen Stockman

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Texas

Kelly Monroe Kullberg

Senior Advisor, American Association of Evangelicals (AAE)

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor

Law Offices of Jack Park

Paavo Ensio

Chairman

Universal Minerals Group

Jay Mount

President

MDS Communications Corporation

Daniel Perrin

Founder

HSA Coalition

Marc Little

Executive Director

CURE America Action, Inc.

Gary Marx

President

The Concord Fund

Floyd Brown

Founder

The Western Journal

Robert Keith Fischer

Meeting Coordinator

Conservatives of Faith

Andresen Blom

President

Hawaiian Values

Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

Lewis K. Uhler

Founder and President

National Tax Limitation Committee

Grace-Marie Turner

President

Galen Institute

Dr. Allen Unruh

Founder

National Abstinence Clearinghouse

Joan Holt Lindsey

President

Lindsey Communications

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Randy Page

Chief of Staff

Bob Jones University

Amapola Hansberger

President

Legal Immigrants for America

Chad Connelly

President

Faith Wins

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

Ralph A. Rebandt, II

Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate

Ralph Rebandt for Governor

Gerard Kassar

State Chairman

NYS Conservative Party

Lee Beaman

CEO

Beaman Ventures

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Christina Murphy Lusk

President

The Martin Foundation

Guillermo J. Aragon

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Imaging, Inc.

Haley E. Martin

Past President

The Martin Foundation

Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D.

President and CEO

Americans United for Life

Dr. Richard Lee

President and Speaker

There's Hope America

Ryan Helfenbein

Executive Director

Freedom Center at Liberty University

William Shaker

CEO

Washington Marketing Group

Stephen T. Whelan

Chairman

Witherspoon Institute

Mat Staver

Chairman

Liberty Counsel

The Honorable Scott Walker

President

Young America's Foundation

Richard wright

Owner

R & S LLC

Don Woodsmall

Principal

Arromid, LLC

Khadine Ritter

President

Eagle Forum of Ohio

Sean Noble

President

American Encore

Richard Norman

Founder and President

The Richard Norman Company

Jason Jones

President

Movie to Movement


Sandy Rios

Director of Governmental Affairs

American Family Association

Paul Blair

Senior Pastor

Reclaiming America for Christ


Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

President, Republic Book Publishers

Marjorie Dannenfelser

President

Susan B. Anthony List

The Honorable Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council

The Honorable Jim DeMint

Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute

Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell

President

The Leadership Institute


The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Advancing American Freedom


The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

Marty Dannenfelser

Director of Governmental Relations

Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)

Kevin Roberts, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Texas Public Policy Foundation

William L. Walton

Managing Editor and Host

The Bill Walton Show

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

The Honorable Matt Schlapp

Chairman

American Conservative Union (ACU)

The Honorable David McIntosh

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Indiana

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

President and CEO

First Liberty Institute

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Kristan Hawkins

President

Students for Life of America

David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United

Alan Sears

Founder

Alliance Defending Freedom

James C. Dobson, Ph.D.

Founder & President

Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

Michelle Easton

President

Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Craig Shirley

Reagan Biographer

Presidential Historian

Trent England

Executive Director

Save Our States

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director

Priests for Life

James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association

Kielle C. Horton

President

The Lindsey Foundation

The Honorable Peter J. Thomas

Chairman

The Conservative Caucus

Mike Stenhouse

Chief Executive Officer

RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity

Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund

Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy and Government Affairs, American Principles Project

Peggy Dau

Representative

IranAliveMinistries

Mario Navarro da Costa

Director, Washington Bureau

Tradition, Family, Property

Richard D. Hayes

Partner

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle

Trustee

Media Research Center

Richard G. Scurry

VP Product Development

14all.us

Robert D. Thompson

Former Administrator

The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)

Timothy Throckmorton

President

Lifepointe Ministries

Dr. Teryn Clarke

Neurologist

Clarke Neurology

Penna Dexter

Co-host

Point of View Radio

E.W. Jackson

President

STAND Foundation, Inc

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper

President Reagan's Chief Defense and Space Negotiator & Former SDI Director

William W. Pascoe, III

Our Man in Washington

Tea Party Patriots Action

The Honorable Mike Hill

Former Member

Florida State House

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

The Honorable Terrence Scanlon

Retired Chairman and President

Capital Research Center

George M. Hiller

President

George M. Hiller Companies, LLC