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Americans United for Life Mourns the Passing of Henry Hyde

Chicago, Illinois – November 29: We are saddened by the death of Congressman Henry J. Hyde (retired), Honorary Chairman of Americans United for Life (AUL). He passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2007. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife and family.

“Henry Hyde will always be an inspiring model of commitment to public service and the sanctity of human life—the William Wilberforce of our time,” said AUL President Clarke Forsythe.

While representing Illinois’ 6th District from 1975–2006, Congressman Hyde led some of the most visible and controversial fights in the US Congress. He will perhaps be most remembered for championing the longstanding key government restriction on abortion funding commonly known as the Hyde Amendment.

In March of this year, Congressman Hyde continued his work defending human life in the law and culture by becoming Honorary Chairman of AUL.

Earlier this month, President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to Congressman Hyde, calling him “a gallant champion of the weak and forgotten, and a fearless defender of life in all its seasons.”

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.