September 2016 marked 40 years since the Hyde Amendment passed. Abortion funds all over the U.S. didn’t let it go by without a fight, joining other All* Above All partners to hold a week of action for abortion coverage.
Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund held FIVE banner drops throughout their state.
Lilith Fund held a similar visibility action. Amanda Williams, Executive Director of Lilith Fund, says,
“Hyde hurts our clients and their families – primarily Medicaid recipients and uninsured folks – because it forces them to pay out of pocket for a procedure that should be recognized by our government as a basic human right and basic form of medical care.” Read an article featuring Lilith Fund on the Hyde Amendment.
Women’s Medical Fund won a Philadelphia resolution calling on Pennsylvania and federal legislators to lift coverage bans and celebrated with a happy hour, a bike ride, and a street canvass! Funds also helped pass additional local resolutions in Ithaca and Boston.
“For people who are struggling to get by, a coverage ban might as well be a ban on abortion all together. Every day, the TEA Fund hears from people who are unable to afford the abortion that they have determined is best for themselves, their circumstances, and their families. We hear from people who are dealing with the impossible task of determining whether or not they can pay for the abortion they want and need, while still affording rent, tuition, and food for their families.”
Chicago Abortion Fund supporters made political art posters during a community workshop, and Brittany Mostiller, Executive Director of Chicago Abortion Fund, was interviewed in this Refinery 49 article about the Hyde Amendment.
Many other abortion funds held local events or participated in social media campaigns. The week of action highlighted the local policy advocacy, artistry, and organizing power of this network. Now, that is what we mean by #BeBoldEndHyde!
Read more statements about how Hyde Hurts.
Read articles about the Hyde Amendment featuring the National Network of Abortion Funds Executive Director, Yamani Hernandez:
“The groundswell you’re seeing now and the broad-based support [to repeal Hyde] is definitely not accidental,” said Yamani Hernandez, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds. “It’s been a specific strategy of the campaign to make inroads across movements, [especially] the economic justice movement. There’s been a parallel groundswell on fair wages, the realization of what poverty really means for people. And that’s raised the consciousness of the public and our lawmakers that it’s no longer just a question of keeping abortion legal.”
In this Vox piece, our ED weighs in on the important connections between reproductive and economic justice.
“Hernandez is the only black woman leading a national abortion-specific organization. She considers that progress, but she wants to see more . . . Hernandez said it’s important to have women of color leading the activism so other women of color can see ‘this is not just for white women. This is for all of us.'”
Our ED, Yamani Hernandez, spoke with Elite Daily about the Hyde Amendment and the intersection of racial justice and abortion access.
“The specific moment that stands out to me when I think about why I’m fighting to repeal the Hyde Amendment is a pregnant and already-parenting student who couldn’t afford abortion and was willing to orchestrate being physically attacked to end her pregnancy,” she says. “She felt it was easier to get beat up than find the money for an abortion.”
Our ED, Yamani, in Bustle speaking about one of the many reasons why we fight so hard against onerous abortion restrictions like the Hyde Amendment.
Our Executive Director Yamani, plus All Above All and Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights weigh in on the effects of Hyde on the communities we work with in this Rewire video. It’s past time to #BeBoldEndHyde. 40 years of injustice is 40 years too many. #United4Coverage
“For four decades the awful burden of the Hyde Amendment has fallen hardest on people of color, low-income families, and youth. Every day on the hotlines our funds hear from over 100,000 people who have to make impossible decisions, like choosing between paying for utilities or for their abortion care. Every day we must turn people away. And every time that happens our resolve is strengthened to end the bans on abortion coverage and other restrictions that make our work necessary in the first place.”
Yamani Hernandez quoted in press release on PRWeb, October 4th, 2016.
“[T]here are approximately 65 million people enrolled in Medicaid, many people who are [otherwise] uninsured, and 42 percent of people having abortions are low-income.” She details how these women are unable to pay for food, rent, and other essential expenses (also risking their jobs and traveling long distances) in order to secure out-of-pocket abortions. This, Hernandez believes, is a denial of “constitutional and human rights because of their race, income, or zip code.”
Yamani Hernandez quoted in UPROXX, September, 14, 2016.
Learn More about the Hyde Amendment
On October 3, 1977, Rosaura Jiménez died in Texas of an illegal abortion, becoming the first known woman to die because of the Hyde Amendment, which eliminated federal Medicaid funding for abortion. Congress first adopted the Hyde Amendment on September 30, 1976, but it did not go into effect until August 4, 1977. Within just […]
Have you been waiting for the other rental shoe to drop? The total numbers are now in from this spring’s National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, and we are bowled over: In the largest event of its kind, activists this year went balls out, breezing past goals to strike Hyde: Together, you raised over $553,000 for abortion […]
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After 40 years of the discriminatory Hyde Amendment, members of the National Network of Abortion Funds are speaking out about the localized impact of the harmful policy, and imagining their work without this huge barrier to reproductive justice. Hoosier Abortion Fund – Indiana Indiana has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, including […]
The National Network of Abortion Funds plays a critical role in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements because it fosters an authentic and radical community rooted in support and compassion. We provide framing, policy analysis, and local mobilization around complex, rapidly shifting issues connected to racial and economic justice, and we connect national level […]
The Hyde Amendment is a discriminatory piece of budget legislation passed each year that bans federal funding of abortion. It impacts millions of people in the United States and takes away the legal right to choose abortion, financially coercing people into giving birth because they can’t afford the abortion they need. When abortion first became […]
September 2016 marked 40 years since the Hyde Amendment passed. Abortion funds all over the U.S. didn’t let it go by without a fight, joining other All* Above All partners to hold a week of action for abortion coverage. Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund held FIVE banner drops throughout their state. Lilith Fund held a similar visibility […]
In the wake of a stunning strike against reproductive freedom this past week, the National Network of Abortion Funds is seeing a surge of people who are newly concerned about securing the access and right of people to get the abortions they need. I’m grateful for this outpouring of support and compassion and desire to […]