Hiding Behind Hyde: Video Says Taxpayers Being Duped

July 18, 2011 09:00 AM

New investigative video explains why Hyde Amendment does not work.

(Washington, DC) —The Hyde Amendment,  name after its chief sponsor Republican Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, is a legislative provision first enacted in 1976 that is supposed to stop Medicaid and other federal tax dollars from funding most abortions.  But, American Life League says it can prove Hyde does not work and has not worked for many years. 

“Planned Parenthood keeps proclaiming, ‘Everyone knows that Hyde bars tax dollars from funding abortions,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president at American Life League.  “But, our investigation shows that for decades the amount of tax-funding for Planned Parenthood and the number of abortions they commit are almost mirror images.  Our Hiding Behind Hyde video explains how the economic concept of fungibility makes it impossible to give tax dollars to abortion providers without funding abortions.

ALL says that Planned Parenthood “doth protest too much” in order to distract from the shell game they can legally play with tax dollars and their other revenues.  “Planned Parenthood knows that what it wants everyone to take for granted is just not true:  Hyde does nothing to stop tax dollars from indirectly funding abortions,” Sedlak said.

Media inquiries, please contact Paul E. Rondeau at 540-659-4942 or PRondeau@ALL.org

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