“Representative Chris Smith is a reliable advocate for Life,” said Brooke Paz, Government Affairs Coordinator for Students for Life Action. “Rep. Smith has supported legislation to protect preborn babies in the womb, restrict various types of violent abortion procedures, ensure women are informed about the risks of abortion, prohibit government-sponsored research on aborted baby bodies, and withhold taxpayer dollars from further funding the predatory abortion industry”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-20-2021) – For the month of July, Students for Life Action recognizes U.S. Representative Chris Smith from New Jersey as Pro-Life Gen Leader of the Month. Rep. Smith earned this recognition for his efforts to defend the Hyde Amendment and take other meaningful action to protect the preborn on Capitol Hill.
The Hyde Amendment has been applied to countless bills throughout the last four decades to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. Hyde has enjoyed consistent bipartisan support since 1976 and is estimated to have saved over 2 million lives.
When President Biden was a Senator, he publicly claimed support for the Hyde Amendment and protecting Americans’ conscience rights. However, President Biden completely reversed his decades-long position on Hyde during the 2020 election cycle to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination and even excluded Hyde from his Budget Request of the U.S. Government for the Fiscal Year of 2022.
Since then, numerous bills have been introduced without the Hyde Amendment, which would force taxpayers to be complicit in domestic and international abortions by paying for them.
In response, pro-life leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives launched the “Eighteen Days for H.R. 18” initiative to build support for codifying Hyde. A major focus of this effort is Representative Smith’s bill, H.R. 18, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021.
Instead of adding the Hyde Amendment to every individual federal funding measure, it would automatically apply government-wide, permanently preventing the federal government from funding Corporate Abortion.
In addition to fighting for the Hyde Amendment, Representative Smith has introduced and/or supported numerous pro-life bills, including legislation promoting informed consent prior to abortion, legislation to protect pain-capable children from abortion violence, legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, legislation to provide resources to abortion-vulnerable families, and legislation to ban infanticide and dismemberment abortions.
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Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, pro-life, student organization with more than 1,240 groups on middle, high school, and university campuses in all 50 states. Students for Life has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world.
Students for Life of America (SFLA) is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,240 groups on college and university, middle and high school, medical and law school campuses in all 50 states. Student pro-life organizations work to confront policies on their campuses to support pregnant and parenting students, to end Planned Parenthood’s relationships with schools and communities, and to change minds of their peers about abortion. SFLA has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life entity.