Henry Hyde served in Congress for 32 years as a representative from Illinois, and he was one of the greatest pro-life politicians. The Hyde Amendment, which he sponsored, prohibited federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. The American Right to Life Committee estimates that this amendment has been responsible for saving the lives of at least 1 million babies who would otherwise have been aborted.
Hyde had great integrity and he showed how a Catholic politician can be an effective leader without renouncing the Church's position on life issues. In a speech at Notre Dame in 1984, he said, "It is clearly insufficient for a Catholic public official to hold that his or her personal, conscientious objection to abortion as a matter of personal choice for himself or herself ends the matter"
May he rest in peace and enjoy his well-earned eternal reward.