For forty years, the Hyde Amendment has been a consensus, bipartisan policy that prevents federal dollars from being used to directly fund abortions except in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. While the politics of abortion has been defined by division, the Hyde Amendment has represented rare common ground.
Unfortunately, the Hyde Amendment is now officially rejected in the 2016 Democratic Party platform. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also personally called for an end to the amendment. Our obligation to love and protect the weak and voiceless demands that we strongly oppose a repeal of the Hyde Amendment. We believe there are many ways to support women that do not include the federal government subsidizing abortion—such as bolstering support for maternal care and prosecuting pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.
In addition, the call to repeal the Hyde Amendment demonstrates a callous disregard for pluralism and the consciences of many Americans. According to the latest Gallup polling, 69% of Americans believe that abortion should not be legal in all circumstances. And for many Americans, abortion is the unjust taking of innocent human life. To demand that so many citizens be forced to fund a procedure which they believe to be a grave injustice to the dignity of human life is immoral and harmful to the fabric of our diverse society.
We call on Christians and all citizens to oppose the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, and to support policies that both protect the unborn and support women and families.