In honor of the Roe v. Wade anniversary, I'm highlighting the Hyde- 30 Years is Enough campaign to lift the restrictions on Federal funding of abortion services to poor women who receive health insurance through Medicaid. Here are some of the reasons I oppose the Hyde amendment restrictions:
- I believe that the ability to control one's reproduction should not be limited on the basis of income. NNAF says it better than I can:
"We call for full public funding of abortion as a part of comprehensive health care for all, and support for low-income women to care for their children with dignity. We stand for reproductive justice, a world in which all women have the power and resources necessary to make healthy decisions about their bodies and their families."
- One of the main effects of the Hyde restrictions is to push abortions from the first trimester into the second. This increases the health risks to the woman, raises the cost of the procedure, and pushes closer to the viability line.
- The logic of the Hyde amendment -- and the related laws that prohibit coverage of abortion for federal employers, military personnel, and their dependents -- is fundamentally flawed. Supporters argue that even though abortion is legal, people should be able to avoid having their tax dollars support something that they consider immoral. Well, I can think of a number of things that my tax dollars support that I consider immoral, and I don't get to opt out.
If you're not poor, a federal employee, or a member of the armed services, these bans don't affect you. Now. But if you hope to someday be covered by a public health insurance system, you should be paying attention.