Pro-Life Champion Leaves a Legacy of Life

Former Congressman Henry Hyde Passes Away

Cincinnati, OH (Nov 28, 2007) – Life Issues Institute celebrates the life of Henry Hyde and the legacy of life he has left. Today, at age 83, former congressman Henry Hyde (R-IL) passed away. During his 32 years of service to our nation, he was an eloquent and outspoken voice for unborn babies and their parents on Capitol Hill. Congressman Hyde worked tirelessly on behalf of all innocent human life. In 1976, the well-known Hyde Amendment stopped US tax dollars from ultimately funding literally millions of abortions and has saved countless lives. He was also a leader in passing the ban on partial-birth abortion, the first federal restriction on a specific abortion procedure.

In April 2006, Bradley Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues Institute, had the honor of presenting Life Issues Institute’s Hero at Heart award to Congressman Hyde.

“Henry’s death is a major loss to the entire pro-life movement. He and I worked closely together since he first introduced the Hyde Amendment. Probably no other person in public service, here and abroad, has had the influence and certainly no one commanded the respect that he did. We’ll all keep trying, but none of us will ever be able to replace him,” says Dr. J.C. Willke, president of Life Issues Institute. “One particular quote by Henry has motivated many pro-lifers and is appropriate for today. 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 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’ll 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?”‘”

Well done, good and faithful servant!

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