This week in history: Henry Hyde born 1924

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Rep. Henry Hyde (photo from  

The year after Roe v. Wade, Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois fought for and got a limitation (not a ban) on abortion funding in federal Health and Human Services appropriations bills. The Hyde Amendment has been renewed ever since, despite ongoing efforts by abortion advocates to kill it.

I’m indebted to Priests for Life for reminding me of this statement by the late Congressman, who always sought to encourage resistance to Roe v. Wade.

“When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!'”

2 thoughts on “This week in history: Henry Hyde born 1924

  1. Thanks for sharing that wonderful quote. I am embarrassed to admit that I don’t recall ever having read it before.

    1. It rang a distant bell for me when I saw it on the Priests for Life web site today. I think it may have been from an address he gave at a National Right to Life convention, but I’m not sure. My memory is not getting any better as time goes by…!

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