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Americans United for Life Honorary Chairman Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Chicago, Illinois – November 5: President Bush today awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to the Honorable Henry J. Hyde, retired congressman and Honorary Chairman of Americans United for Life (AUL).

In presenting the award President Bush said of Hyde, “He was a gallant champion of the weak and forgotten, and a fearless defender of life in all its seasons.”

Hyde is well-known for championing the longstanding key government restriction on abortion funding commonly known as the Hyde Amendment. He led some of the most visible and controversial fights in the U.S. Congress while representing Illinois’ 6th District from 1975–2006.

In March of this year, Hyde re-entered the fight to defend human life in the law and culture by becoming the Honorary Chairman of AUL.

“Mr. Hyde’s longstanding support for pro-life policies, first in the Illinois legislature and then in Congress, has saved lives and has been an inspiration to many public officials and leaders” said AUL President Clarke D. Forsythe.

Upon joining AUL, Mr. Hyde remarked, “While I may have retired from Congress, I have not retired from the fight to protect innocent human life. I have joined the AUL Board of Directors to continue doing everything I can to ensure every vulnerable human being is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

About Americans United for Life

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which every human being is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS’s Frontline program chronicled our successful efforts in Mississippi.