The Hyde Amendment is a budget rule that prohibits federal funding for legal abortion procedures, put in place each year since the Roe v. Wade decision. Impoverished Medicaid recipients, service members, and young people are the most dependent on federally-funded health services. As a result, these vulnerable groups have dangerously limited access to abortion.
For many years, abortion being legal but not provided by the government to those who need it was a compromise position, but now there are bills in the House and Senate to repeal the Hyde Amendment. The EACH Woman Act will “ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs” and require the government employee’s insurance to cover abortion.