The horrible Hyde Amendment will be in place for 40 years on Sept 30, 2016.
The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that bans federal funds from being used for most abortions. These restrictions particularly harm low-income women and women of color. The Hyde Amendment started out as a way to ban Medicaid funding for abortion, targetting poor women. The Hyde Amendment became effective in 1977. It has been reauthorized every year by Congress as part of budget appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services. It treats abortion differently than other services in the Medicaid program, and limits coverage of abortion to limited circumstances. It inspired other federal programs to interfere with abortion coverage as well.
According to the NWLC’s “The Hyde Amendment Creates an Unacceptable Barrier To Women Getting Abortions,”
“Restrictions on Medicaid coverage of abortion disproportionately affect women of color. In 2012, 20 percent of Medicaid enrollees were African-American, 29 percent were Hispanic, and 9 percent were Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Aleutian or Eskimo.
Since its introduction, Congress has enacted bans similar to the Hyde Amendment to restrict more women from getting abortion funding. According to Guttmacher Institute, abortion is not covered for the following groups of people.
- Military personnel and their dependents (started 1979)
- Federal employees and their dependents (started 1983)
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- Poor women in the District of Columbia (since 1989)
- Women in federal prisons (since 1989)
- Peace Corps volunteers (since 1979)
Stay tuned for possible action on the Hyde Amendment near the anniversary. #BeBoldEndHyde