On this 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision protecting a woman’s right to decide whether, or when, to become a parent, I am also reminded that it is the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment. Since 1976, this amendment has severely restricted federal funding for abortion services and deprived low-income women of the means and dignity to make personal decisions about childbearing. These restrictions on public funding essentially take away the “right” from low-income women who rely on federally funded health programs like Medicaid for their health coverage.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 represents the greatest Medicaid expansion in the history of the program. Read the full article here. »