Pro-Choice Caucus statement on House vote to end Hyde Amendment abortion ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chairs of the Pro-Choice Caucus, issued the following statement in the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives move today to – for the first time in more than 40 years – advance an appropriations bill free of the Hyde Amendment:
“The Hyde Amendment is a dangerous, harmful, discriminatory policy that prevents millions of hardworking Americans from accessing the abortion care they need. The Pro-Choice Caucus has long prioritized ending the Hyde Amendment and other similar abortion coverage bans. For more than 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has denied Americans who receive their health coverage through Medicaid the opportunity to make their own decisions about their health and their future.
“For decades, it has disproportionally harmed people of color – especially those working to make ends meet who already face systemic racism and other serious barriers to the health care they need. Without abortion care coverage, the out-of-pocket costs of abortion services for those on Medicaid create an insurmountable barrier to millions of hardworking Americans.
“The Pro-Choice Caucus is committed to ensuring that a full spectrum of reproductive health care – including abortion care – is accessible to all – regardless of where they live, how much money they make, or how they receive their insurance. Today’s vote is a critical step toward ensuring that all Americans are able to make their own decisions about what’s best for them and their reproductive care.”