It's Time to Go, Hyde Amendment

Enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment turns 40 years old this year. The Hyde Amendment was introduced by the late Henry Hyde, a Republican from Illinois who sought to ban abortions outright. Disappointed that the Supreme Court had just ruled that the Constitution protects the right to an abortion, Rep. Hyde introduced the amendment to restrict abortion access for those who qualify for Medicaid.

The amendment withholds insurance coverage for abortion care in virtually all cases from women who qualify for Medicaid and others who access their health insurance through the federal government. Effectively, it reserves the right to an abortion for those privileged to afford it.

But the Hyde Amendment is not permanent law. Anti-choice politicians have written Hyde into congressional appropriations language every year since 1976. Passage of one federal bill — the EACH Woman Act — would put an end to the Hyde Amendment for good. This legislation restores abortion coverage for everyone who needs it, regardless of income level.

Medicaid coverage can mean the difference between getting abortion care and being denied. The Hyde Amendment forces many women to divert money meant for living expenses — like food, rent, utilities and bills — to pay for an abortion. It makes it less possible for a low-income woman to access her health care options and exercise her constitutionally protected right to an abortion.

Despite the federal ban, in 17 states qualified women can use Medicaid to cover the cost of an abortion. For now, thanks to the late Rep. Henry Hyde, access to the constitutionally protected right to abortion depends on where you live and how much you make. 

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Anonymous

It will never pass thank goodness. How do you left-wing, radical liberals live with yourselves everyday while protecting infanticide?

Anonymous

The same way you live with yourself thinking it's okay for every big business in the country to use the money of every TAXpayer in the country to bail their asses out of bankruptcy. Like they did in 2008 and 100,000 other times. Doing it when they know better and don't give a damn and don't even pay federal income tax that they're using to bail themselves out with in the first place bc they put all their money in tax shelters.

Anonymous

Ever had a friend who was raped? Think about that before you are so quick to judge.

Anonymous

Are you people EVER going to use your own money for anything or are you going to spend your entire lives making OTHER people pay for all your shit and then making up slogans saying 'My body, my choice.'
Well here's mine: 'My body, my choice, your money.' And that's at least honest. You want it to be your body, your choice and the rest of the country's money.
And that goes double for corporate welfare. They want to spend money irresponsibly, declare bankruptcy and then demand that every taxpayer in the country bail their asses out. That's bullshit too.

Anonymous

Because we love angering conservatives while killing babies at the same time.

DocFoutz

Can't believe you are sarcastic about abortion. Too bad your mom didn't feel like you do. We would all be better off,

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