To say abortion is stigmatized in this country is to state the obvious. But we have a special brand of taboo that we foist atop even that stigma, which is the taboo of having someone else pay for a service you need – especially if it’s an abortion. Yet while abortion may be legal, but if you cannot afford it, it’s inaccessible.
January 22, 2012, marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Reflecting on this, I am reminded of an interview with a woman who, when asked what she thought about the fact that Medicaid would not cover her abortion care said, “I wish women had a right [to Medicaid coverage of abortion]…. I think women should have that option…. There’s a lot of things to having a right to choose.”
On this, the 35th anniversary of Hyde, I invite you to share your own story. Share it through the 1 in 3 Campaign or just with a few people in your own social circle. Share my story, or one from the other women who have courageously contributed to this campaign.
September 30th is the 35th “anniversary” of the Hyde Amendment. Hyde’s legacy is that pitted women of different economic classes against each other, and resulted in a pattern of trading reproductive health care for other health coverage.
It is the 31st anniversary of the biggest Supreme Court case no one has ever heard of.
House Members are using a backdoor route to get their way on “forcible” rape using patently false claims about the law. It’s not the “longstanding policy” of the government to exclude victims of statutory rape. It’s “longstanding policy” to include them.
Is the demonization of abortion rights by the far right forcing women’s advocates to make a Hobson’s choice? To preserve basic health care access for women will we need to cede open defense of abortion rights?
The term “pro-choice” has very little meaning if we are only defending the choice for those who can afford it.
How D.C.’s women were sacrificed and the implications for future policy.
Rep. Chris Smith’s bill may have the “forcible rape” language removed but the truth is he still wants millions of women to go without access to safe, legal abortion care: from women serving in the military to women who purchase their own private insurance coverage.