Pro-lifers seek 'conversation' over Hyde's exemptions

Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

21-week babyPro-life leaders are asking their conservative allies in the Republican Party for a “conversation” about a well-known pro-life measure and its implications.

The Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976 to prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortions but there are exceptions: rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

Kristi Hamrick of Students for Life, as well as others in the pro-life movement, are suggesting it’s time to revisit those exceptions. A letter asking for that discussion was sent May 22 to the Republican National Committee.

Hamrick

“Let's reconsider the debate,” Hamrick says of the letter’s message, “and let us also consider the humanity of children no matter what happened on the night of their conception.”

Pro-life leaders from Live Action, Family Research Council, and Priests for Life, among several others, signed their names to the letter. 

Hamrick says the crimes of rape and incest need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but the child is innocent and that conversation is not taking place. In fact, some people are hiding behind Hyde, she says.

“Let us take a look at the humanity of all people and ask ourselves whether we want to stick with the same 50-year-old talking points,” Harmrick suggests.

Students for Life initiated the letter to the RNC and sought other groups to join the effort. 

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