Many pro-choice supporters believe that the former abortion law discriminated women from low-income environments. However, a new law was recently passed. Since it was approved, the Amendment was changed and in some states, women can have an abortion that is paid for with public funds.
EACH Women Act entered the Congress in 2015 and it wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Other people and organizations are getting involved in order to prove that the law is old and that it discriminates women. Hillary Clinton is one of the people that wants to repeal this law.
The whole Democratic Party wants to take the law down by using a case that had a historical decision Whole Woman’s Heath v. Hellerstedt.
Another problem is that even if the amendment is repealed there is another case that can make it harder for women. Harris v. McRae is the case and it happened in 1976. In the previous 3 years over 300,000 women used funds for abortions each year.
This all changed when a congressman, Henry Hyde, made the amendment that has his name. He made it its personal goal to stop abortions.
“I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman,” he said. “Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the HEW Medicaid bill.”
After this Amendment was accepted abortion rights advocates started to file a class-action against the government for accepting this amendment. They pleaded for women that needed the money for an abortion but the government did nothing.
The decision to uphold the Hyde Amendment was taken in 1980, after a 5-to-4 decision. This meant that women could choose whether they wanted and abortion or not, but they could not use their insurance for paying that abortion.
A statistic shows that 1 in every 4 women with low-income can’t provide the money for the abort and she decides to keep the baby even if she can’t raise it.
Moreover, pro-choice advocates believe that the women who cannot even afford an abortion should not be forced to keep a baby that they obviously can’t afford to raise it.
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