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One Woman's Story Shows Why Government Funding For Abortion Care Matters


One Woman's Story Shows Why Government Funding For Abortion Care Matters
Huffington Post

September 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, a policy that blocks federal Medicaid coverage for abortion services unless a woman’s life is in danger, or in cases of rape and incest.Reproductive rights advocates have been loud and clear on the many ways that Hyde â a policy rider that has been tacked onto annual appropriations bills since the 1970s â harms low-income women. Some 30 percent of black women and nearly a quarter of Latina women in the United States are enrolled in Medicaid. And although many states have extended coverage for abortion services to low-income women, more than half of Latinas and 70 percent of black women live in a state that does not allow Medicaid coverage for abortion. Many low-income women are forced to miss rent payments, forgo food and miss bill payments just to scrape together the money to cover care they have a legal right to.

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