A message from Archbishop Lori: Support the Hyde Amendment

July 12, 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,

In the coming days, Congress will either support or defeat the longstanding pro-life Hyde Amendment. For more than four decades, with bipartisan support, this amendment has prevented tax dollars from funding elective abortions. This amendment has saved countless lives of unborn children and it is imperative we continue to support it.

During this critical time, let us join in prayer for the protection of the unborn. But let us also, as citizens and believers, raise our voices to protect the most defenseless of human beings, the unborn child. Let us stand together in promoting the sanctity of life.

As Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark recently stated, “Taxpayer-funded abortion represents a failure to recognize the sanctity of human life and promotes a culture in which human life in its most vulnerable moment is perceived as disposable. Such a proposal targets poor women as needing an expedient solution to a complex problem”.

As the federal budget negotiations proceed over the next few weeks, I urge you to join your voices to the hundreds of thousands of individuals across our nation who believe that the life-saving Hyde Amendment should remain in place.

Please see this alert from the USCCB that will guide you through contacting and sending a message to your federal representatives. Also, see how you can take action by signing a petition in support of the Hyde Amendment.

With renewed gratitude and the assurance of my prayers, I remain



Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore

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Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore May 16, 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Archbishop Lori served as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., from 2001 to 2012 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1995 to 2001.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky., a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Lori serves as Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.