Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: Separate and Unequal: The Hyde Amendment as a Civil Rights Issue
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Separate and Unequal: The Hyde Amendment as a Civil Rights Issue

December 6, 2010, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Abortion policy in this country does not treat all women equally. The Hyde Amendment prohibits Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor and indigent, from covering abortion care in almost all circumstances. Most people think of abortion as a “woman’s issue,” which of course it is. But the Hyde Amendment intentionally discriminates against poor women, who are disproportionately women of color. In this way, it is also an issue of basic civil rights and economic justice. Anyone who cares about fighting racism and poverty must realize that attacks on abortion, and especially on abortion funding, are first and foremost attacks on poor and low-income women of color.

Please join CAP’s Women’s Health & Rights and Progress 2050 programs for an engaging conversation about the impacts of the Hyde Amendment on women of color and a discussion of why progressives committed to economic and racial justice should be part of the fight to repeal it.

Featured panelists:

Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program, Center for American Progress

Toni M. Bond Leonard, President/CEO of Black Women for Reproductive Justice

Alexis Zepeda, Advisor to the DC Abortion Fund

Moderated by:

Erica Williams, Deputy Director for Progress 2050, Center for American Progress

December 6, 2010, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

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