by Steven Ertelt
December 7, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Illinois congressman Henry Hyde was known for his contributions in various political areas, but, in the pro-life community, he will long be remembered for making sure that Americans’ tax money didn’t pay for millions of abortions. Several pro-life lawmakers have introduced a Congressional resolution honoring him.
Because of the Hyde Amendment, it’s been estimated that perhaps hundreds of thousands of abortions that could have occurred since 1976 didn’t happen.
On Tuesday, the House honored Henry Hyde’s memory with a moment of silence followed later in the evening by a “Tribute to the Late Congressman Henry Hyde” moderated by Rep. Don Manzullo.
Pro-life lawmakers are hoping to do more than just praise Hyde with kind words.
Rep. Peter Roskam, another Illinois Republican, has introduced H.Res.843, a resolution honoring Henry Hyde.
Last month, Rep. Hyde was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the very highest honor the President can bestow on an American citizen. The resolution would further the praise of the pro-life champion.
Pro-life groups are urging grassroots advocates to call and urge the Democratic Leadership to bring H. Res. 843 before the House for a vote.
"It’s time for Congress to recognize Hyde’s extraordinary leadership," Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews.com. "Please contact Democratic leaders and your own Representative today to urge support for Henry Hyde’s legacy of love and commitment to unborn children."
The Republican National Coalition for Life agreed in an action alert it sent to its members.
"Please encourage your Member of Congress to cosponsor H. Res. 843 and ask them to urge the Democrat leadership to bring the Resolution before the House for a vote," the group said.