March for Life Announces 2017 Theme, Highlights Hyde Amendment

Lauretta Brown | September 30, 2016 | 3:13pm EDT
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March for Life President Jeanne

Mancini.  (YouTube screenshot.) 

( – March for Life President Jeanne Mancini announced on Thursday that her group’s theme for the annual March for Life, in January 2017, is “The Power of One,” to emphasize the impact of former Republican Congressman Henry Hyde, who wrote the appropriations rider, the Hyde Amendment, which forbids federal funding of elective abortion.

Mancini and others cited polling showing that the majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. The briefing at the U.S. Capitol also featured a new study from the Lozier Institute,  which found that the Hyde Amendment has saved over 2 million lives since 1976.

“Our theme this year is ‘the power of one,’” Mancini announced, “the power of one person to build a culture of life in their local community, in their family, and in their world.”

“One such person who exemplifies our theme, the power of one, is Congressman Henry Hyde,” she said. “He introduced a rider into the Labor-HHS appropriations bill that again would ultimately become what today has been the most impactful pro-life legislation, literally saving millions of lives.”

Mancini said the amendment “has been long-established to be an uncontroversial, bipartisan, very popular piece of public policy,” but that recently “we’ve seen the abortion lobby essentially move in to what I would describe as a full-court press in terms of disintegrating Hyde.”

Mancini cited Cosmopolitan magazine articles characterizing the amendment as denying health care to low-income women. She also pointed out that the repeal of the Hyde Amendment was added to the Democratic Party platform this year.

Mancini emphasized, in contrast to the push by the abortion lobby, that “American voters love Hyde,” and cited a July Marist poll showing that two-thirds of Americans strongly favor keeping Hyde.

The late Congressman Henry Hyde

(R-Ill.).  (AP) 

Genevieve Plaster, a Senior Policy Analyst with the Lozier Institute, summarized that “instead of being an extreme policy, the Hyde Amendment has historically been and continues to be a point of consensus for most Americans.”

Referencing a January Marist poll that found 7 in 10 Americans were opposed to taxpayer funded abortion, Plaster said, “Perhaps it’s safe to say that Americans simply understand this goes beyond simple access to health care in that it would be mandating each taxpayer to financially contribute to the only procedure whose intention and effect would be the direct taking of a human life.”

Michael J. New, Ph.D., a visiting associate professor at Ave Maria University and associate scholar at the Lozier Institute, spoke at the briefing about his analysis of the impact of the Hyde Amendment on its 40th anniversary.

New found that “since 1976, the best research indicates that the Hyde Amendment has saved over 2 million unborn children.”

He also found that “the Hyde Amendment routinely saves more than 60,000 lives in the United States every year.”

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