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Hyde Amendment Detrimental to Latina Reproductive Health
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Hyde Amendment Detrimental to Latina Reproductive Health

Jessica Arons on what the Hyde Amendment means for Latinas and other women of color.

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  • Jessica Arons

Abortion funding policies in this country are discriminatory and put abortion care out of reach for the women who need it the most: low-income women and women of color. As chronicled in my report, “Separate and Unequal: The Hyde Amendment and Women of Color,” published recently by the Center for American Progress, women of color are disproportionately impacted by a policy known as the Hyde Amendment.

The amendment prohibits Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for the poor and indigent, from funding abortion care unless a woman’s life is in danger or a pregnancy results from rape or incest. The Hyde Amendment policy has since been expanded to other government-related health programs.

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Authors

Jessica Arons

Director, Women's Health & Rights Program