Hyde Amendment

September 30th, 2014

Our stories, our voices: the Hyde Amendment is the backdrop

September 30, 2014 marks the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which passed in 1976. A direct response to the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion just three years earlier, the Hyde Amendment was the first of many restrictions on abortion, and denied Medicaid patients the right to an abortion. Later restrictions followed: federal employees, U.S. military personnel and their families, Peace Corps volunteers, Indian Health Service recipients, federal prisoners, and people with disabilities covered by Medicare — all denied abortion coverage.

The intent of the Hyde Amendment is to make it more difficult for low-income women to get the abortions they need. It is the backdrop to all abortion funds. It is the backdrop to our stories.

On the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment we are proud to share the stories and voices of abortion fund activists collected and recorded by StoryCorps at the National Network of Abortion Funds 20th Anniversary Summit held in Oakland, California in June 2013.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, StoryCorps, unfair laws

September 29th, 2014

Spotlight on ACCESS Women's Health Justice

While this September marks another sad anniversary of the restrictive Hyde Amendment, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice in Oakland, Calilfornia will be doing what they've been doing since 1993: helping women get the care they need without delay. From a small group of volunteer clinic escorts, this fund has grown into a national reproductive justice powerhouse.

Check out the fund spotlight on ACCESS!

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, ACCESS Women's Health Justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, Practical support, unfair laws

June 12th, 2014

Southern abortion funds mobilize

In response to drastic limits on abortion access resulting from last summer's disastrous bills in Texas, abortion funds on the ground mobilized immediately. This ongoing crisis has actually produced new abortion funds, including practical support networks that help with travel, shelter, and other logistics. We have been working closely with people in affected areas to help these emerging funds coordinate efforts, and we've offered assistance in multiple ways so that as clinics close, barriers multiply, and expenses increase far beyond what is feasible, volunteers and agencies are prepared to direct women to resources.

But even as abortion fund activists work to meet the needs of women traveling ever farther distances to get an abortion in Texas, a wave of copycat restrictions is rolling over neighboring states, threatening to close most of the few remaining clinics in neighboring states.

This is why we've been working with activists in these states — with the New Orleans Abortion Fund, with the Georgia Reproductive Access Network, the Carolina Abortion Fund, the Kentucky Support Network, with emerging funds in Mississippi and Alabama — to bolster their efforts and strengthen a network of access across a broad swath of the American south.

And now we need your help.

We are recruiting activists who have an interest in learning more about starting a fund, with a renewed focus on South Carolina, Arkansas, and Alabama.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, All Above All, Carolina Abortion Fund, Fund Texas Women, Funds, Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network, Hyde Amendment, Kentucky Support Network , Lilith Fund, Medication abortion, Misoprostol, New Orleans Abortion Fund, Practical support, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

January 10th, 2014

Stop HR7!

Every year, politicians in Congress use our nation’s budget process to deny coverage of abortion for women who get their insurance or health care through the federal government.

Now some politicians want to make those restrictions even harsher – and permanent – through HR 7, the so-called "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

HR 7 would permanently codify the punitive Hyde Amendment that denies Medicaid-eligible women their right to an abortion and withhold all federal insurance coverage of abortion, putting it out of reach for many. Denying Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four poor women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, All Above All, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, TakeAction, unfair laws

October 1st, 2013

#Hyde37

On the 37th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, National Network of Abortion Funds' Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined local abortion funds on Twitter to discuss the impact of nearly four decades of a ban on Medicaid funding of abortion and to look towards a future without the Hyde Amendment.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, Carolina Abortion Fund, DC Abortion Fund, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, Pro-Choice Resources, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

September 29th, 2013

Twitter Q&A with Stephanie Poggi and abortion funds

Join Stephanie Poggi, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, and abortion fund advocates from the front lines in a public conversation about the damaging impact of four decades of banning Medicaid funding for abortion and the role that abortion funds are playing in a renewed movement to restore public funding.

Where: Twitter (follow us @AbortionFunds)
When: Monday, September 30
Time: 2-3 pm EST
Hashtag: #Hyde37

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Hyde Amendment, unfair laws

September 25th, 2013

What would you sell?

Earlier this week abortion fund activists shared a few of the things they say to people who call for assistance. Here are just a few of the things abortion fund advocates report that callers have sacrificed to get one step closer to an abortion they need:

What would you sell?

Please take action today and sign the petition to repeal the Hyde Amendment. No one should have to sacrifice basic necessities just to get the health care that is their right.

 

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Medicaid, unfair laws

September 19th, 2013

#Access13 in 140 characters or less

Sarah Tuttle is on the board of the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity in Texas. This morning, she delivered an excellent Twitter treatise on Abortion Access Month -- as an abortion fund volunteer, she has a firsthand view of the damaging effects of longstanding bans on abortion funding and the dwindling access to abortion services in her state.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, TakeAction, unfair laws

September 5th, 2013

Mind the gap: September is Abortion Access Month

By National Network of Abortion Fund board members Eesha Pandit and Verónica Bayetti Flores. Cross-posted from Feministing.

What does it really take to get an abortion in America?

September is Abortion Access Month, and an important time to think about this question. As it turns out, it takes quite a bit to get an abortion in this country, and as states across the nation pile on waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, bans, and other barriers, accessing safe and legal abortion care is becoming more difficult by the day. One of the biggest hurdles for folks seeking abortion care is the fact that, for many, it is quite simply unaffordable. Who are the folks that cannot afford abortion care?

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, Medicaid, TakeAction, unfair laws

April 10th, 2013

Relief and disappointment

President Obama unveiled his 2014 budget this morning. We commend the President for striking restrictions on D.C. funding of abortion for low-income women in his budget and for moving to lessen some of the restrictions on coverage for women in the Peace Corps. However, we join many other groups in the women’s health and rights community in our disappointment that he did not take a critical step toward lifting the current Medicaid coverage ban. President Obama could have taken this historic opportunity at the dawn of his second term in office to present a clean budget to Congress; he did not.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, DC Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, unfair laws