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5 Times Abortion Laws Failed Pregnant Women

By Sara Coughlin Today is International Safe Abortion Day. The anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which banned Medicaid coverage for abortions and has been blocking low-income women from receiving care for more than 40 years, is this Saturday.  These two events were formed independently of each other, but, side by side, they highlight the urgent need for safe […]

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All Bill Covers All Women’s Health Services, Including Abortion

By Claire Landsbaum On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act, which would create a single-payer health-care system. Under the bill, which has been cosigned by 15 Senate Democrats (including virtually every Dem whose name is being thrown around to run in 2020), everything from mental health services to prescription drugs to vision care would […]

The Hyde Amendment at 40 Years and Reproductive Rights in the United States Perennial and Panoptic

 By Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS1; Rachel H. Occhiogrosso, BS1  On September 30, 1976, in the waning months of the 94th Congress, freshman Representative Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) witnessed his namesake amendment enacted into law via the Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare Appropriation Act of 1977 (PL 94-439).1 All of one sentence, the amendment stipulated that “None […]