May 28, 2021

How to contact elected officials regarding the Hyde Amendment

By Natalie Hoefer

There are several ways to find out who your elected officials are and to contact them to tell them to keep the Hyde Amendment, which prevents tax dollars from being used to fund abortion.

The U.S. of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities suggests reaching out to federal legislators in early June and throughout the summer as the proposed budget that would include the Hyde Amendment makes its way through various committees.

Where to go:

• Go to, enter your e-mail and name to sign a petition.

• Go to, which has a pre-written, editable note regarding the Hyde Amendment. This site helps direct the message to your elected officials.

• To find your officials and their e-mail or phone number to contact them directly, go to and enter your zip code under “Find Officials.”

What to say:

Legislators are busy and receive lots of communication. The key is to first note that you’re a constituent, keep your message brief and to the point, and perhaps most importantly, do not be rude. Otherwise the legislator may form a bad impression of those promoting the right-to-life cause.

Here are some tips on what to say or write as suggested by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activity:

• “I’m a constituent of Representative/Senator X.”

• “Regardless of where one stands on abortion, there have been 45 years of bipartisan agreement that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for abortion.”

• “I urge Representative/Senator X to protect the Hyde amendment and to oppose any bill, including appropriation bills, that expand taxpayer funding of abortion.” †


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