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The Hyde Amendment turns 40 this month, so here’s a reminder of WTF it is and why it matters

With September comes the Hyde amendment’s 40th anniversary, and while the past few months have seen numerous victories for abortion rights, from the Supreme Court’s Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, to state’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood being blocked, the Hyde amendment is arguably the greatest obstacle to abortion access that remains. The Hyde amendment, passed in 1976, blocks federal funds from covering abortion services in almost all circumstances for women who get their health insurance through Medicaid.

One 2013 Guttmacher study wrote:

“Guttmacher studies and those from other researchers on the impact of the Hyde amendment do indeed conclude that denial of abortion insurance coverage under Medicaid impedes a sizable minority of America’s poorest women from obtaining the procedure.”

To read more by Kylie Cheung in The Frisky, go to http://www.thefrisky.com/2016-09-12/the-hyde-amendment-turns-40-this-month-so-heres-a-reminder-of-wtf-it-is-and-why-it-matters/