Henry Hyde, 1924-2007

Congressman Henry Hyde 

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.


  1. Great post for a great man. He was an eloquent defender of truth and right. One of the best speeches he ever gave was during the debate on impeaching Pres. Clinton. It is worth a read:

    Henry Hyde was a great man, a statesman. R.I.P.

  2. The “choice” issue was considered a fundamental right and a rallying point of the feminist movement. The concept that a man would have a deep heartfelt opposition to abortion just didn’t fit other than as a means to limit the rights of women and control their lives…or so they said.

    As a woman who came of age in the 70’s I have always admired men who saw life as the issue and not a gender specific individual choice. Thank you.

  3. GOP Boomer Gal says

    God Bless Henry Hyde; May the Angels welcome him home.

  4. Great link to a great story Ann! I was actually in attendance at the Milwaukee convention in 1993 and heard Fred Barnes speak.

    1993 was a year when the pro-life movement was under attack from the Clinton Administration. Within 48 hours of taking office, his first act was to wipe out five pro-life protections through executive order. But it was also a year we mustered the courage and strength to fight off FOCA and the Hillary’s Health Care plan.

    Thanks for the reminder of Henry Hyde and the great things he did. Hopefully, we can continue to work on creating a culture that affirms and embraces life where unborn babies and their mothers find compassion and resources they need.

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