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Hyde Amendment

Religious Liberty and Restoring Access to Abortion

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion
Nancy K. Kaufman

Who are the women now affected by Hyde who would regain access to abortion services through the EACH Woman Act?

Will Blood Transfusion Be the Republican Party's Next Medical Target?

David A. Grimes | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

Emboldened by recent legislative incursions into gynecology, the GOP may soon look for other ways to practice medicine without a license. Why not meddle in transfusion medicine next?

Who the Hyde Amendment Really Hurts

Atima Omara | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Atima Omara

While women of all economic and racial backgrounds have abortions, those most affected by lack of access to reproductive health care are women living on the economic brink and are more likely to be women of color.

Laura Bassett

Dems Push Bold Abortion Rights Legislation | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

House Democrats proposed bold pro-abortion rights legislation on Wednesday that has no chance of passing in the GOP-controlled chamber, but highlights...

The GOP War on Poor Women's Health

John Seager | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
John Seager

Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day.

The Wrong Way

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

If we want to deliver high-value, quality care to patients and families, we need to invest in better ways to deliver care -- not undermine the agencies that are making real the improvements our health care system needs.

End Hyde And Make Abortion Accessible To All

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

We must draw a line in the sand. We must make clear to our lawmakers that denying abortion coverage in any form on any bill is never ok. Not in the budget, not in appropriations, not in a stand-alone bill. If we believe that reproductive freedom is a constitutional value as important as any other, we have to fight back.

Women's Lives (Should) Matter!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The campaign to eliminate the right to safe, legal abortions is intentional, relentless and political. The consequences are real, personal and frightening. Attacks on abortion rights further entrench discrimination against women.

Progressive Leadership on Covering Abortions

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The Senate reconvenes on Monday, April 13, 2015, facing a vote on H.R. 2. It's a shining opportunity to reclaim leadership for covering abortion care for all women regardless of their income, source of insurance, or where they live.

How to Squelch the Anti-Abortion Clause of the Trafficking Bill

James Heffernan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

Republican Senators are playing hide and seek with victims of sex trafficking. The U.S. Department of Justice now estimates that approximately 300,000 American children are at risk of being prostituted in the U.S. -- at an average age of 13 or 14.

The Human Face of Human Trafficking

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Human faces get lost in congressional rancor. Senators accuse one another of subterfuge and betrayal. Republicans accuse Democrats of one thing, Democrats accuse Republicans of another.

Laura Bassett

Here's Why The Abortion Language In The Sex Trafficking Bill Is A Big Deal | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

Republicans in Congress claim the anti-abortion language that is threatening to sink an otherwise uncontroversial sex trafficking bill is the same inn...

Congress: Please Remove Controversial Pieces From Human Trafficking Legislation

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Holly Austin Smith

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) has recently stalled due to a provision which expands the Hyde Amendment -- a rider that restricts federal funding for abortion and other health care services.

Amanda Terkel

Harry Reid: Human Trafficking Bill Doomed Unless GOP Removes Anti-Abortion Language | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Republicans Wednesday morning that unless they remove an anti-abortion provision from a ...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Sneaks Anti-Abortion Language Into Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The fate of what should have been noncontroversial legislation to crack down on human trafficking is uncertain after Democrats discovere...

Codifying Racial Injustice: The Hyde Amendment and H.R. 7

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Grimes

The Hyde Amendment and H.R.7 target poor women who are disproportionately African-American or Hispanic. They establish a two-class system of medical care, a concept deemed unconstitutional for public education.

The Inequities in Roe's Wake

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

On yet another anniversary of Roe, women's health opponents in Congress will mark the occasion by voting for a national ban on abortion at 20 weeks. Even if the ban fails, the right under Roe will still not be realized for millions of women.

Reproductive Justice -- Mainstreaming a Radical Vision

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Reproductive justice embraces the interrelationship of reproductive freedom, religious liberty, and equality, among other rights and freedoms, as vital to creating meaningful social change and justice for everyone. It means supporting fundamental human rights -- the right to have full autonomy over our bodies.

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

Abortion and Incest

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Since 1976, federal appropriations bills often have forbidden the use of federal funds to pay for an abortion, except in cases of incest or rape. This is known as the Hyde Amendment, after its author Henry Hyde (R-IL). It was an anti-choice response to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

Abortion Coverage and the Affordable Care Act

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The ACA accomplished many wonderful things for women. It did not, however, change the status quo that stigmatizes and marginalizes abortion, given that it maintains policies that discriminate against women based on their insurance or income.

Laura Bassett

A Few Bold Members Of Congress Join Fight Against Long-Standing Anti-Abortion Policy | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

Lawmakers who support abortion rights have long fought against policies that restrict women's access to the procedure, such as gestational limits, man...

Celebrating Women's Day, Winning on Reproductive Rights

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The ability to control whether and when to have a child are key to the physical, social and economic health of women and families, and access to legal, safe and affordable birth control and abortion are essential to guarantee that ability.

White House Threatens Veto Of House Abortion Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is threatening a veto of legislation that would permanently ban federal funds for abortion. In a stateme...

The State of the Union Is the State of America's Women

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Inequality threatens the state of our union. Tackling it requires a multi-issue agenda that takes into account the factors that work against equality for women and others disproportionately affected.