Kathryn Lopez

When it comes to the signature legislation of the current Democrat-run Washington, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her House of Representatives have been about hiding the truth. In contrast, a House run by someone like Rep. John Boehner would be about Hyde--Henry Hyde.

The Hyde amendment, named after the late Republican congressman who championed it, limits the funding of abortion with federal funds. It would be seriously beefed up under a Republican Congress.

In a Washington where even self-identified pro-life legislators have been known to drown in the manipulative spin of those who would hide abortion under a veil of "reproductive rights" or "women's health," it's a groundbreaking goal. It's also absolutely necessary. And there's no time like the present to bring it home.

Pro-life Democrats who signed onto the Obama administration's health-care plan believed the Hyde Amendment would protect their beliefs. And then the National Right to Life Committee highlighted the text of guidelines, publicly available on government websites, of the beginnings of Obamacare's high-risk pools. Looking through five states' documentation, the NRLC found an abortion-funding alarm going off in three of them: Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Mexico. The NRLC and others complained, and the Department of Health and Human Services was pressured into issuing a regulation prohibiting abortion in these state programs.

"All of us now know -- as many of us knew then -- that those claims were lies. Not errors. They were lies!" One can almost hear the voice of Rep. Henry Hyde, Ill., back in 1997, on the floor of Congress during the partial-birth-abortion debate, echoing again today, as the tissue of lies in this year's health-care debate are lifted.

The Obamacare abortion lie is now officially exposed. And if you doubt what I say, just pay attention to the noise coming out of the abortion industry and its advocates and lobbyists. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America: "This decision has no basis in the law and flies in the face of the intent of the high-risk pools that were meant to meet the medical needs of some of the most vulnerable women in this country."

She has a point. There is no across-the-board universal law that prohibits domestic abortion funding with federal taxpayer dollars. Despite repeated claims by Pelosi, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and others, the Hyde Amendment never applied to the health-care bill. The Hyde Amendment has only ever applied to money appropriated annually through the HHS appropriations bill. It is also subject to an annual congressional fight. And the Cecile Richardses of the world knew that.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.