|Say #HelloHyde to Gina. She is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and became a pro-life activist while attending the University of Florida.|
The 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment will take place on September 30, 2016! We are so excited to celebrate this milestone. The Hyde Amendment restricts taxpayer funding of abortion through the Medicaid program, and has saved over a million lives. In fact, when you look at the millions of Americans born through the Medicaid program after 1976 (“Medicaid kids”), one out of every nine is alive today because of the Hyde Amendment.
The #HelloHyde campaign, introducing the American public to Medicaid kids, is just a month away. Our message is simple: people conceived in poverty are human beings with inherent dignity and worth. Our lives should be celebrated, not destroyed.
We just released a timeline of the Hyde Amendment that you can use to educate yourself and others about the rich history of this life-saving legislation. Here are a few highlights:
- Congress votes on the Hyde Amendment is every year, and it has passed with bipartisan support every time.
- The Hyde Amendment was found constitutional in Harris v. McRae in 1980. This result surprised Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who thought the Supreme Court would strike down the Hyde Amendment because “there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
- Pro-abortion organizations agree that the Hyde Amendment is effective, and estimate that if the Hyde Amendment were repealed, there would be an additional 33,000 abortions every year.
If you are a Medicaid kid and want to keep Medicaid life-affirming, don’t wait until the last minute! We are gathering photos now. Download your nametag and submit your picture at HelloHyde.org.
If you are the parent of a Medicaid kid, you can submit your child’s photo too. Who can resist these cuties?