Frances Kissling wrote a thoughtful and compelling piece about the Hyde Amendment, which restricts the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortion services, and where the pro-choice movement should be focusing its efforts.
She explains what Hyde really is- NOT an “American tradition,” as president Obama called it, but the “most important defeat the abortion rights movement sustained” because “it embodied the profound disapproval and stigmatization of abortion that no other restriction on the right to choose represents.”
Because of the Hyde Amendment, the nation has faced many other types of restrictions on abortion including limiting minors’ access, implementing unnecessary regulations for doctors, and so-called “conscience clauses.” And of course, without Hyde, there would have been no “status quo” abortion restriction to uphold in the health care reform package. Health care may have actually meant all health care for all women.
In the article, Kissling explains how Hyde happened and what must be done now to reclaim justice for all women, not just ones that can afford it. This article is a MUST READ in its entirety.
“Reclaiming Legal Abortion as a Fundamental Right” by Frances Kissling