Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois died yesterday at the age of 83.
I can't say enough about what Congressman Hyde did for the cause of protecting babies. He led the fight against abortion on demand for more than thirty years. But I thought you'd be interested in the AP's description of his work:
" [Hyde] made a name for himself in1976...by attaching an amendment to a spending bill banning the use of federal funds to carry out abortions. What came to be known as the 'Hyde Ammendment' has since become a fixture in the annual debate over federeal spending and has served as an important marker for abortion foes seeking to discourage women from terminating pregnancies. Hyde was also a leader in passing the ban on so-called partial birth abortions, the first federal restriction on a specific abortion procedure."
Oh yeah. He "made a name for himself" all right. He guaranteed a lifetime of disparagement and ridicule from the mainstream media. He made sure he'd never be invited to the "right" parties or the "right" Hollywood fundraisers. And as for helping out those [evil music in background] "abortion foes" who are all out there [music swells] "seeking to DISCOURAGE WOMEN!! from [replace evil music with spa-style melancholy flutey crap] terminating pregnancies"-- well, we all know what kind of people the press means by that.
Me. You. Us.
Henry Hyde also led the fight against "so-called partial birth abortions." When, oh when will the press come up with another term for sticking a needle in a newborn's skull? I mean, come on, it must be annoying to have to refer to the "so-called' anything. Like the "so-called" twenty firts century, or the "so-called" planet earth.
Rest in peace, Congressman. You fought the good fight. Please pray that rest of us find the courage to follow in your footsteps.