Added May 6, 2021
Contents taken from https://njcatholic.org/protecting-the-hyde-amendment
WHAT IS THE HYDE AMENDMENT?
The Hyde Amendment, contained in the federal government’s annual appropriations legislation, prohibits federal funding of domestic abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. It is a bipartisan provision that has been part of federal appropriations for 45 years (since 1976) and enjoys overwhelming public support.
The Hyde Amendment and similar laws have protected taxpayers from funding abortion for 45 years. Now, some members in Congress want to take away these laws that both Democrats and Republicans have supported for nearly half a century.
WHAT HAPPENS WITHOUT THESE PROTECTIONS?
Should efforts to eliminate the Hyde Amendment succeed, billions of taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortions.
WHAT CAN CATHOLICS DO TO PROTECT THE HYDE AMENDMENT?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking all Catholics and people of good will to sign a petition to let Congress know they support the Hyde Amendment and do not want tax dollars paying for abortions.
TAKE ACTIOSIGN THE PETITION – Click here to sign the petition to tell Congress not to take innocent lives.
HELP RAISE AWARENESS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
In addition to signing the Petition to Congress, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed several resources to both raise awareness and help people understand this issue.
Three and a half minute video on Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person. This is part 2 of 7 on the series in Catholic Social Teaching.
“You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations. You are called to work and pray against abortion.” — Pope John Paul II
“The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right — it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society.” — Pope Benedict XVI
“All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” –– Pope Francis
“Coming down to practical and particularly urgent consequences, this council lays stress on reverence for man; everyone must consider his every neighbor without exception as another self, taking into account first of all His life and the means necessary to living it with dignity, so as not to imitate the rich man who had no concern for the poor man Lazarus. — Vatican II – Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World)
For those deprived of their human needs, and their human rights: that they ma\y be given the dignity which God confers on all his people;
For all who are forgotten or thrown away, and especially for the poor, the sick and the aged: that God might change our hearts and move us to love them as the image of Christ;
For all who are lonely or afraid, for teenagers on the street, old people in nursing homes, prisoners with no one to visit them, and all whom the world has forgotten: that Christ might lead us to them;
For all who are forgotten or cast off: that we might value each human life, as a priceless gift from God;
For those who are mentally disabled that we might cherish the gifts God has given them, and in their lives hear the voice of our loving God;