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Support of Hyde | Resolutions

RESOLUTION 349

IN SUPPORT OF THE HYDE AMENDMENT

      WHEREAS, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision which prohibits the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions in the social health care program known as Medicaid; and

      WHEREAS, the Hyde Amendment was first passed on September 30, 1976 by the U.S. House of Representatives and was named for its chief sponsor, Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, who was a Brother Knight for 52 consecutive years; and

      WHEREAS, the amendment is attached to the annual Department of Labor / Health and Human Services appropriations legislation to ensure that taxpayer funding for abortion is not included in the federal Medicaid program; and

      WHEREAS, the Hyde Amendment protects conscientiously objecting taxpayers from being complicit in funding abortion; and

      WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus has consistently worked for and supported the Hyde Amendment and its goal of no taxpayer funding for abortion since its first passage 40 years ago; and

      WHEREAS, the existence of the Hyde Amendment is credited with reducing the incidence of abortion among Medicaid recipients by 20 to 35 percent; and

      WHEREAS, the annual renewal of the Hyde Amendment has been generally uncontroversial, with bipartisan congressional majorities and presidents of both parties supporting the measure; and

      WHEREAS, in recent years abortion activists have sought to pressure lawmakers and political parties to oppose renewal of the Hyde Amendment; and

      WHEREAS, the spirit of the Hyde Amendment has been violated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which allows for federal funding of abortion in various ways and forces conscientiously opposed citizens to fund abortion through their health care premiums; and

      WHEREAS, a poll conducted in July 2016 by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus shows that 78 percent of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, 62 percent oppose taxpayer funding for abortion and 56 percent support the rights of conscientious objectors to opt out of abortions.

      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus remains strongly committed to our steadfast support of the Hyde Amendment; and

      FURTHER RESOLVED, that we stand with the majority of the American people who want substantial restrictions on abortion and believe that taxpayer funds should never be used for abortion; and

      FURTHER RESOLVED, that we will speak to our elected representatives about the need to protect the Hyde amendment against all efforts that seek to diminish or repeal it; and

      FURTHER RESOLVED, that through these actions we recommit ourselves to creating a more just society where every human life is welcomed and given the full protection of the law.