Hillary Clinton Calls For Repeal of Hyde Amendment

January 11th, 2016

Categories: economic justice, Hyde Amendment, Hyde16, unfair laws

 

The National Network of Abortion Funds thanks presidential candidate, former Secretary of State, and Senator Hillary Clinton for this weekend’s firm and vocal support of abortion rights, and importantly, for her bravery and boldness in calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. For too long, politicians on both sides of the aisle have claimed to support abortion rights and a “pro-choice” mantle while erasing the struggles of those who are working hard to make ends meet and are not able to simply make a choice. We at NNAF know that a choice that you can’t access is not really a right -- it’s a privilege.

 

We’re heartened that this past year has brought more politicians and candidates willing to learn about and support a broader framework that seeks to balance those scales in favor of justice. Clinton’s statement comes after a year that saw forward-thinking House Representatives introduce the groundbreaking EACH Woman Act, which currently has more than 100 co-sponsors. We continue to push and support those in power to embrace a more nuanced narrative of abortion rights that includes those who are disproportionately affected by attacks on abortion access, the same people helped by and working with our member abortion funds. We know that it’s the work on the ground of hardworking organizers, activists, volunteers, and reproductive rights supporters that helped lay the groundwork for any leading Presidential candidate to name and shame one of the deep injustices of our health care and economic system. The Hyde Amendment, and other restrictions, have far-reaching consequences for people of color, people with low incomes, LGBTQ people, transgender and non-binary people, people with disabilities, people with documentation or language barriers, people in rural areas, and others who have less access to health care overall, while also having less access to economic means and power.


We encourage all candidates for office, especially those at the highest echelons of power, to spend time learning about the harmful effects of the Hyde Amendment and other restrictions that make abortion a right for those with economic means, but coerce those without into parenting against their will. We also continue to advocate for those politicians to embrace a full spectrum of robust economic support that will help ensure we’re all able to truly exercise our reproductive options and choices, regardless of our income or where we live, to make the decisions we know are best for ourselves and families.

 

You can also see the video of Clinton's statement here.

The National Network of Abortion Funds is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization that does not endorse any candidate or political party. We encourage all candidates for office to spend time learning about the harmful effects of the Hyde Amendment and other abortion restrictions that disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities, and to embrace a full spectrum of economic support that will help ensure we're all able to make the reproductive decisions best for ourselves and families.