What Is the Hyde Amendment? A Look at Its Impact as Biden Reverses His Stance

Astor, Maggie. “What Is the Hyde Amendment? A Look at Its Impact as Biden Reverses His Stance.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 June 2019, http://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/07/us/politics/what-is-the-hyde-amendment.html.


“Opposition to the amendment is… visible in Congress. A bill to repeal it, known as the EACH Woman Act, has 22 cosponsors in the Senate and 130 in the House“(Astor).

Sum: Biden has transitioned from approving of the Hyde Amendment to denouncing it as he became the front0runner for the democratic presidential election(Astor).

“A YouGov poll, also in 2016, told respondents that the Hyde Amendment “prohibits federal funds from being used to fund abortions, except in the case of incest, rape or to save the life of the mother,” and found that 55 percent of Americans supported it”(Astor).

“A Hart Research Associates poll commissioned by All* Above All in 2015 got a different result with a reframed question, informing respondents: “Under current federal policy, if a woman who is enrolled in the Medicaid health program for low-income people becomes pregnant and decides to carry the pregnancy to term, Medicaid will pay for her pregnancy care and childbirth. Congress currently denies Medicaid coverage for the cost of an abortion.” It then found 56 percent support for a hypothetical bill “that would enable a woman enrolled in Medicaid to have all her pregnancy-related healthcare covered by her insurance, including abortion services”(Astor).

“[Reproductive justice] That movement is distinct from the more prominent “choice” movement in that it focuses on social and economic factors that can make things like abortion inaccessible even when they are legal”(Astor).

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