It’s Time To End The Hyde Amendment


Excerpt from: CREDO Action

This fall’s fight to defund Planned Parenthood was a clear reminder that Republicans are committed to taking health care, including abortions, away from women.

For far too long, Congress has been keeping some women from accessing abortion. The Hyde amendment has prohibited taxpayer funds from paying for abortion care for 39 years. Hyde’s effects are devastating for low-income women, making it nearly impossible for them to access safe, affordable abortion.

Reps. Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky and Diana DeGette have introduced a bill, the EACH Woman Act, which would undo Hyde and ensure that every woman, no matter how much she makes or how she’s insured, has access to abortion coverage.1

  • Tell Congress: All women deserve access to safe, legal abortion. Tell Congress to pass the EACH Woman Act now!

Women and their access to reproductive health care are under near-constant attack across the country, but it’s low-income women and women of color who disproportionately bear the burden of those attacks. Hyde’s passage (and its subsequent reauthorization every year for the last 39 years) banned Medicaid from funding abortions, with only a few exceptions.

And state-based anti-choice laws which close clinics and impose mandatory waiting periods make it close to financially impossible for low-income women to use their own resources to access abortions that Medicaid won’t cover.

The annual renewal of Hyde legitimizes and perpetuates, year after year, the false and dangerous idea that having an abortion is behavior that should be stigmatized and defunded. It also paves the way for other restrictions on abortion funding.

The Stupak amendment keeps abortion care from being funded under the Affordable Care Act. Since the Hyde amendment was passed, federal employees and their dependents, military personnel and their dependents, Peace Corps volunteers, and low-income residents of Washington, D.C. have all been denied abortion coverage in their health care.

Undoing this crippling abortion restriction, which has gone largely unchallenged for decades, won’t happen overnight, and certainly not in this Congress. But building momentum can start now, and can make a big difference.

Can you help build support for the EACH Woman Act now?

  • Tell Congress:
  • “Protect every woman’s right to make her own health care decisions by passing the EACH Woman Act.”

Go to the link below to sign the petition:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/EACH_Woman_Act?t=6&akid=15980.7785905.NWo6pI

Thanks for standing up for women,

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

References:

H.R.2972 – Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2015

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