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 Hyde Amendment to deny abortion care to growing numbers of people, including Peace Corps volunteers; Native Americans; women in federal prisons and detention centers; survivors of human trafficking; and low-income women in the District of Columbia.


Publication Name: Ms Magazine