Rev. Franklin Graham. (BGEA)
Commenting on attacks from the left to abolish the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds from being used in most abortions, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said the amendment has saved "more than 2 million babies from abortion" over the years, that "abortion is murder," and that "God cannot bless a nation that embraces the murder of innocent children."
The Hyde Amendment was enacted by Congress on Sept. 30, 1976 and it bars federal funds to pay for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. It is a legislative "rider" that must be renewed by Congress each fiscal year to stay in effect.
In a Sept. 30 post on Facebook, Reverend Graham wrote, "Today is the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment which bans federal funds from being used for most abortions. This law has saved more than 2 million babies from abortion."
"Abortion is murder -- it is infanticide!" he said. "It should not be paid for with our tax dollars."
"Some political officials -- liberals who call themselves progressives -- are seeking to overturn the Hyde Amendment," said Rev. Graham. "We need political leaders who will, along with citizens who value life, stand up for the most vulnerable and voiceless among us."
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"God cannot bless a nation that embraces the murder of innocent children," said Rev. Graham. "Christians can bring change for the good in this country if we will stand up and let our voice be heard."
Franklin Graham is the son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham. Franklin Graham oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse. Graham preaches frequently in the United States and overseas, and he regularly comments on current events on the radio, television, and in print.