This afternoon, after hearing testimony from citizens and advocates in support of Resolution No. 160828, City Council passed the resolution, making Philadelphia the 11th city to officially call on Congress to end the Hyde Amendment.
Back in 1973, when the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade enshrined access to abortion as a constitutional right, the federal Medicaid program covered abortion as standard part of reproductive healthcare. A few years later, Henry Hyde, a conservative lawmaker from Illinois, was searching for ways to prevent women from accessing abortion.
“I certainly would like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion: a rich woman, a middle-class woman or a poor woman,” Hyde said in 1977, while working on federal legislation that came to be known as the Hyde Amendment. “Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the… Medicaid bill.”
Tonight, the Women’s Medical Fund is hosting a family-friendly and sober-friendly ReproRights happy hour to celebrate. Come out! You can find the details here.
The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls.