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Repeal the Hyde Amendment

As Nation Editors wrote in looking at the landscape of reproductive rights in the days leading up to the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, a decades-long anti-choice campaign has resulted in a patchwork system where the legal right to abortion applies, in practice, only to those women lucky enough to live in certain states or to be sufficiently affluent to be able to travel for the procedure.

 TO DO

The largest obstacle to low-income women receiving abortions is the Hyde Amendment banning Medicaid funding of abortion. It's unlikely to happen in this Congress but repealing the Hyde Amendment should remain a critical progressive goal. Fund Abortion Now is calling for repeal of Hyde. Add your name to the call and support FAN with your time and money in its efforts to ensure the Constitutional right of reproductive freedom for all women, regardless of income.

 TO READ

At the Daily Beast, Jessica Arons argued that today's attacks on contraceptive coverage can be traced directly back to Hyde.

 TO WATCH

This video from the Center for Reproductive Rights makes clear the devastating emotional and financial toll for women on Medicaid who are unable to exercise their reproductive rights.

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