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Defending the Hyde Amendment: 30th Anniversary of Harris v. McRae


The above photo was taken June 21, 2010 at an AUL reception
honoring the 30th anniversary of Harris v. McRae.

On June 30, 1980, AUL successfully defended the Hyde Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. McRae, resolving a four-year legal battle to ensure that Congress may prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortion. Victor Rosenblum, Vice Chairman of Americans United for Life, carried our arguments before the high court.

Brief Background of Harris v. McRae:

In 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of certain federal tax dollars to pay for abortion.  Cora McRae challenged the Hyde Amendment, taking action against Patricia Harris, then Secretary of Health and Human Services.  On June 30, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the funding restrictions of the Hyde Amendment were constitutional.

Harris v. McRae is a landmark decision because it ensures that Congress can prohibit the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.

30th Anniversary

On June 21, 2010, AUL held a reception in Washington honoring the 30th anniversary of the decision.

Video of the event: