hyde%20and%20jill2.jpgI was sorry to hear of Congressman Henry Hyde’s passing today. I met him a few times. He was an eloquent, ardent and invaluable defender of life.
His short political bio, from World magazine, today:

Former IL Republican congressman Henry Hyde, 83, passed away on Nov. 29. Hyde, who led the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, served 16 terms in Congress before retiring at the end of the last term. A stalwart pro-life conservative, the congressman in 1976 authored what became known as the “Hyde Amendment,” which blocked all federal funding for abortions. Days before Hyde left office earlier this year, President Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, declaring him a “powerful defender of life.”

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