The Hyde Amendment and Incarcerated Women

What happens to women behind bars tells us much about how we as a society value these women.


Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker issued the following statement in response to Congress’s vote to approve funding to combat Zika:

“We are pleased that Congress has put aside political games and finally provided this urgently needed funding to combat the Zika crisis. However, our work to protect those most at risk is just beginning. Those already living with Zika and those most vulnerable, including the patients I see across the South, deserve compassion and access to the care they need without shame or stigma. It is vital that our lawmakers continue to provide the resources necessary for women and families to obtain the highest quality health care and make the decisions that are best for their circumstances.” 

For forty years, Congress has allowed the Hyde Amendment to restrict access to abortion coverage for those receiving their health insurance through the government. We oppose policies that make accessing reproductive health care, including abortion, more difficult for patients. That’s why we need you to join in asking Members of Congress to be bold and support a bill that would remove restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion.

The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2015 expands reproductive health care by ensuring that women who use Medicaid for health care are not denied coverage for abortion. The bill also prohibits political interference in decisions by private health insurance companies to offer abortion coverage. The EACH Woman Act ensures that a woman’s access to abortion is not based on her income, how she is insured, or where she lives.

Join us in letting our lawmakers know that we support insurance coverage for abortion. Your legislators need to hear from you today.

Please take a minute to send them a message urging them to support the EACH Woman Act and oppose Hyde-like abortion restrictions.