Magazine article The Human Life Review

About This Issue . .

Magazine article The Human Life Review

About This Issue . .

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... the sad news of the death of Henry Hyde on November 29 came just as we were getting this issue ready for the printer. We were able, however, to reconfigure our pages to allow for a small tribute to a man who was a giant in the pro-life movement-the "Generalissimo," as our late editor, Jim McFadden, dubbed the Illinois congressman years ago. Review readers were able to follow the progress of Hyde's long-running anti-abortion campaign as Jim, and then after her father's death, Maria McFadden undertook to reprint his eloquently persuasive floor speeches insisting on the right of unborn children to be welcomed in law (if not in love). Mr. Hyde was the first recipient of the Human Life Foundation's Great Defender of Life Award and we shall always be enormously grateful to him for the effort he made to attend our inaugural fundraising dinner in October, 2003. With an important House vote scheduled for the same day, it wasn't at all certain he would make it. I remember when the call came from his office around three in the afternoon, informing us that Mr. Hyde had just been deposited on the New York-bound train-what a sigh of relief went up from all of us. A few hours later, Ray Lopez (our former production manager), met the congressman at the track at Penn Station-Hyde by then required a wheelchair to get around comfortably-and ushered him over to the Union League Club where 200-aught guests eagerly awaited his (only slightly late) arrival. …

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