Another Voice: Women who are poor shouldn’t be penalized when seeking abortions

By Gretchen Ely

As autumn approaches, so does the 42nd anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, a federal budget rider that prohibits federal insurance coverage of abortion. Due to this amendment, lower income people who use Medicaid, and those using other federal health programs, must pay for abortions out of pocket. On the surface, political rhetoric may lead us to believe this is reasonable. However, if we dig deeper, we see that the Hyde Amendment is part of a system of regressive health policies that unfairly limit health care options for vulnerable people.

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