The Connection Between Poor Medicaid Policies & Anti-Abortion Laws Is Shameful

By Keiko Zoll

While Roe v. Wade is the law of the land in the United States, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have at least one law restricting abortion access in some manner, whether through gestational limits, waiting periods, or even through prohibiting the use of public funding, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions, which in turn informs how abortions can be funded under Medicaid, a joint federal and state program that provides health insurance for low income Americans. But the relationship between Medicaid and abortion access doesn’t stop at just the Hyde Amendment, as there is a connection between poor Medicaid policies and anti-abortion laws, too.

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