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Freshman legislator Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., appeared in a video on Monday with the former Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., push for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bans funds to Finance abortions.
In the video, published to The Root to mark the change of the 43rd anniversary, Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez excited the Same access to abortion coverage in the Health Insurance Act (EACH of the woman’s Act), a bill authored by Lee, the repealing Hyde would. The bill has racked up 169 co-sponsors since its introduction in March.
The Hyde Amendment was “an unheard-of policy the rider,” Pressley said, “the permits, that Medicaid to include abortion coverage.”
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Hyde, which prohibits any funds from paying for abortion, except in cases of rape and incest, and was built in 1976 by Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde. Democrats and Republicans have chosen to keep the change in effect through the years, especially in June, when the house passed a spending bill, which was attached to a Hyde Amendment reauthorization.
Some Democrats and most Republicans do not agree with Lee, Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez.
“The Hyde Amendment was historically a good compromise between per-choicers and pro-lifers,” conservative commentator Meghan McCain said on “The View” in June, soon after the democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, ignored its long-standing support for the Hyde Amendment. “I feel offended, like someone who was open to him, as President, and I think that it is a dangerous track for him super far to the left.”
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Lee, Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez, say the Hyde Amendment particularly harms the poor and minorities.
“I was an assistant in 1977 to the late, great feminist Congresswoman Ron Dellums,” Lee said in the video for The root. “I knew exactly what it would do, and that would be to deny low-income women and women of color access to the entire spectrum of reproductive rights, including abortion.”
Later in the video, Ocasio-Cortez, said the trio’s efforts to repeal Hyde was a defense of Roe v. Wade and the right of women to abortion.
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“Our access to reproductive justice and reproductive freedom should not be based on income,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The repeal Hyde means that low-income women, women who are incarcerated, non-binary, people must have access to an abortion can get it, not because they are rich, but because you are an American.”