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.
In an editorial today, the New York Times discusses the vital role the courts have played in recent weeks in blocking viciously regressive laws seeking to deny women access to both self-determination and to basic reproductive health care.
As a young twenty-something, I welcomed two very wanted, well-loved babies into the world. Once things began to deteriorate between their father and I, I knew without a doubt that any future pregnancy we faced would be terminated. In October 2010, I had an abortion.