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REPEAL THE HYDE AMENDMENT - PROVIDE FULL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE IN HEALTH CARE REFORM Passed by Congress in 1976, the Hyde Amendment excludes abortion from comprehensive health care services provides to low- income people by the federal government through Medicaid. Each year, Congress has renewed the ban on federal fuding through an amendment to its annual appropriations bill. Currently federal funding has been cut off for all abortions except those necessary to save a woman's life or in cases of rape or incest. Most states have followed the federal government's lead and severly limited state funding for abortions. Through its ban, Congress has created a two-tiered system of health care in this country. Poor women are unable to exercise their constitutional right to safe and legal abortions. Congress is currently considering a number of health care reform proposals. It is critically important that all reproductive health services be included as part of the minimum benefit packgage required under health care reform. Abortion services are necessary health care. Abortion should not be singled for exclusion nor should income level mandate the quality or accessibility of basic reproductive health care. Furthermore, a national health care plan that does not cover abortion will mean a loss of coverage for those millions of women currently covered under private insurance. Write or call your Members of Congress. Urge them to repeal the Hyde Amendment and to act to ensure that all reproductive health services, including abortion, are included as a part of health care reform. ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher:// | American Civil Liberties Union National Office | | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"


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