Today marks thirty-seven years since the passage of the Hyde Amendment, the law banning federal Medicaid coverage for abortion. The legislation has particularly dire consequences for poor women by effectively eliminating coverage of abortion under Medicaid in all but fifteen states. Without insurance, abortions can cost an average of $451 in the first trimester, and some can cost more than $3,000.
Reproductive justice advocates recently launched a new campaign to fight abortion coverage bans: All* Above All: United to Restore and Sustain Abortion Coverage for Low-Income Women. The activists will fight to protect policies in states that do provide vital Medicaid coverage for abortion as well as push for the nationwide repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
Write to your local newspapers to spread the word about the new fight for expanded abortion access and the need to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Use our talking points or write your own. Then, if you can, support the National Network of Abortion Funds.
On the thirty-seventh anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, Stephanie Poggi of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the *All Above All campaign describes the new coalition of abortion rights and reproductive justice groups poised to fight attacks on coverage of abortion and, ultimately, overturn Hyde.
In this new video, members of the National Network of Abortion Funds explain why they fight for abortion access.