Today marks the 37th anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment, which withholds coverage for abortion services from women insured through Medicaid by restricting the use of federal funds for such use. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), a longtime champion of women's reproductive rights, issued the following statement.
"The Hyde Amendment was bad policy then, and 37 years later, continues to interfere in women's personal healthcare decisions. Such restrictions create obstacles to reproductive choice and abortion services, and disproportionately impact low-income and minority women. Health insurance coverage should be based on medical science and the wellbeing of women, not ideology. Women, even poor women, should have the means to exercise their constitutionally protected right to choose.
"Here we are today, four decades later, and some in the Republican Party continue to play politics with women's health care options. Instead of funding the government beyond tomorrow or ensuring America can pay its creditors by increasing the debt ceiling, the House GOP wants to place limits on the preventative services millions of women are already receiving under the Affordable Care Act, such as coverage for birth control, HIV/AIDS treatment, vaccinations, and even screenings for cancer. Women are, quite frankly, sick and tired of having their basic health care undermined again and again. This needs to stop."