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The Hyde Amendment and Your Money

“Some in Congress don’t want federal money going to fund abortions. I don’t want MY tax dollars spent on _________.”

The government wants to single out abortion in the debate over healthcare reform, but there seems to be a double standard when it comes to what tax dollars are allowed to be spent on.

Send us a 20 second video rant of what you don’t want your tax dollars spent on by January 20, 2010, and you might be included in our next big video!

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Healthcare Reform and the Hyde Amendment

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has been used to ban the federal government from spending money on abortion. Now the Stupak and Nelson amendments are trying to expand Hyde into the private insurance marketplace for the first time ever.

Because of Hyde, women who rely on Medicaid cannot get an abortion in most circumstances — even if her health is jeopardized by her pregnancy — unless she is able to cover the entire cost out-of-pocket. Similar restrictions have been imposed on women who rely on the health benefits provided to federal employees, military personnel and their dependents, women served by the Indian Health Service, Peace Corps volunteers, Medicare enrollees and women in federal prisons.

The members of Congress who want to strip abortion coverage from healthcare always cite the Hyde Amendment in arguing that current law on abortion is fair. The impact of Hyde will actually be hugely expanded when the healthcare bill adds millions more women and families to Medicaid. This sorry status quo isn’t fair at all.

 

Get the Facts

Healthcare Reform in Hyde Amendment's Shadow >

Portrait of Injustice: Abortion Coverage under the Medicaid Program >

Hijacking Healthcare Reform >

Center Calls on Obama to Strike Down Hyde on Roe Anniversary >

End Funding Restrictions on Abortion >


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