On The Roe V. Wade Anniversary, Millennials Need To Think Bigger For Abortion Rights

By Destiny Lopez

Forty-five years ago, the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which declared abortion legal across the United States, was handed down. Rather than putting to rest the national debate over whether women should be able to make their own decisions about pregnancy, the Roe decision marked the beginning of a decades-long effort by some politicians to gut the legal right to abortion. Just three years after Roe, Representative Henry Hyde won passage for the Hyde Amendment — essentially denying poor women the very right Roe promised. (The Hyde Amendment bars the government from using federal funds through Medicaid for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, and medical threats to the woman’s life.)

Hyde was blunt: he wanted to ban abortion for all women. But he couldn’t, so he used his power to attack those who were already struggling to make ends meet. Trump and Hyde are cut from the same cloth. Now, 45 years after Roe, it’s important to understand that the Trump/Pence administration and our anti-abortion Congress are using the Hyde Amendment as their weapon of choice to stop women from getting abortions.

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