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The Public Agrees: It’s Time to End the Hyde Amendment

By Destiny Lopez For 43 years, the Hyde Amendment has operated the way its namesake, Congressman Henry Hyde, intended—creating a barrier to abortion care for people struggling financially. Congress has renewed this ban on Medicaid funding of abortion care every year since it was first passed in 1976. Over the years, anti-abortion politicians have also used the […]

The Fight Against The Hyde Amendment Is Finally Seeing Results Thanks To Women Of Color

By Destiny Lopez Six years ago, when women of color leaders came together to launch All* Above All — a coalition of reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations — lawmakers weren’t talking publicly about the Hyde Amendment, a federal policy that bans public health insurance programs from covering abortion care. But in 2019, repealing this harmful […]

Women with low incomes suffer with no abortion coverage

By Charo Valero and Amy Weintraub Over the past several months, we’ve witnessed anti-abortion politicians in states surrounding Florida and across the country enact a slew of anti-abortion laws aimed at limiting access to abortion for those who need it most. But what many people don’t know is that for more than four decades, a federal policy […]

The Threat of a Post-Roe America Is Already Changing How Women Get Abortions

By Nina Liss-Schultz When lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky passed legislation this year effectively ending all or most abortions in their states, it seemed to confirm what many Americans, pro-choice and anti-abortion alike, have long anticipated: The post-Roe era is coming. Read more. 

Amid the Bans, Abortion Advocates Are Winning Key State Victories

By Katie Klabusich Despite the terrifying start to 2019 for abortion providers and their patients, June brought an unprecedented wave of wins as states like Illinois, Maine, Nevada and Vermont struck down antiquated laws and enacted new, historic protections and care expansions. By the end of May, 27 bans in 12 states had brought the total number […]

Maine Just Taught Us a Bold Lesson on Abortion Rights

By Destiny Lopez Three generations of women have lived under the oppressive Hyde Amendment, which bans insurance from covering abortion for people enrolled in Medicaid. So far, the Amendment has worked just as intended, ending coverage for more than half of reproductive-age women enrolled in Medicaid for abortion care and disproportionately hurting low-income people, especially women of […]

Maine Expands Access to Abortion

By Patty Wight While abortion bans in Republican-led states dominated headlines in recent weeks, a handful of other states have expanded abortion access. Maine joined those ranks in June with two new laws ― one requires all insurance and Medicaid to cover the procedure and the other allows physician assistants and nurses with advanced training […]

New Research on Hyde in Louisiana Reaffirms the Cost of Abortion Restrictions

By Amy Irvin & Lakeesha Harris We’ve known for a long time that the Hyde Amendment—the ban on using federal funds like Medicaid to cover abortion in most cases—disproportionately harms people living in poverty, creating major income-based disparities in abortion access. But as advocates working to protect and expand access to abortion care in Louisiana—one of 34 states […]