The Pro-Life Movement lost a great champion, hero, statesman and warrior today.
Congressman Henry Hyde passed away from complications from open heart surgery he underwent several months ago. He was 83.
Congressman Hyde will best be remembered as the author of the Hyde Amendment which prohibits taxpayer dollars being spent on abortions.
He was also an articulate spokesman for the movement having delivered thousands of speeches in defense of the unborn and their mothers.
One of my most favorite pro-life quotes came from Congressman Hyde when he said:
When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God – and a terror will rip through your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world – and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him because he loved us,’ – and God will look at you and say not, ‘Did you succeed?’ but ‘Did you try?’
National Right to Life has a beautiful tribute to Congressman Hyde at their website.
For many of us, Congressman Henry Hyde was a true hero and statesman.