In announcing Hyde as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to be awarded November 5, President George Bush noted his pro-life stance first. "Henry J. Hyde has served America with distinction. During his career in the House of Representatives, he was a powerful defender of life and a leading advocate for a strong national defense and for freedom around the world," said the announcement.
Hyde was the first person to win a political victory for the pro-life cause since Roe vs. Wade, with his Hyde Amendment in 1976 banning public spending on abortions.While in public office, Hyde was often described as "U.S. Roman Catholicism's most distinguished laymen."
The reputation of Henry Hyde stretches back to the genesis of the pro-life movement, and he is greatly revered. I remember his speech to reverse the Clinton veto of the partial birth abortion ban. I watched it on C-SPAN and cried.
Well done, good and faithful servant, both of your Congressional district, and of your God.