On September 13th, Students for Life of America rallied outside of the offices of key legislators to encourage support of the Hyde Amendment (which protects taxpayers from being forced to fund abortion) and expose their records of pushing for public abortion funding.
The Hyde Amendment is a political “rider” that that is attached to the annual HHS Labor appropriations bill and essentially prevents taxpayer dollars from directly going towards abortion via Medicaid. It was first enacted in September of 1976 (three years after the handing down of Roe v. Wade). Now, for the first time since 1976, it is under attack.
It’s why we rallied outside these offices…
- Arizona – CD 1 Tom O’Halleran
- Iowa – CD – 3 Cindy Axne
- Michigan – CD 8 Elissa Slotkin & CD 11 – Haley Stevens
- Pennsylvania – CD 17 – Conor Lamb
- Virginia – CD 7 Abigail Spanberger
Hannah Wolfe, the SFLA Regional Coordinator in charge of the Virginia event outside of Abigail Spanberger’s office, shared:
“The area surrounding was extremely quiet, so our voices carried far when we chanted “Hyde Saves Lives” and “Abortion Hurts Women, Women Deserve Better!”
We were on the sidewalk in front of her building for around 45 minutes total, chanting and waving signs as well as taking a few minutes for me to make some remarks. After that, one of our students, Therese Sanctafamilia, and I went into the building to attempt to meet with Rep. Spanberger. Her office was unfortunately closed and had a sign on the door that they were not meeting with anybody in person still due to Covid. I dropped off a copy of my remarks and I am sending a follow up email.
It overall went very well! It was hot and sweaty, but I feel it did make a huge statement to have us out on the sidewalk and it would have been impossible for anybody driving past or working in the surrounding buildings to miss!”
Not too far away, Mary Grace Byers of SFLA rallied outside of Conor Lamb’s office. She noted:
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