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Arons, Jessica, and Madina Agenor. “Separate and Unequal: The Hyde Amendment and Women of Color.” Center for American Progress, December 2010.


This article examines how the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for Medicaid recipients’ abortions, disproportionately impacts women of color. It calls for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment and for more organizing around the issues of reproductive healthcare access and women of color. The article provides a thorough explanation of the Hyde Amendment and some legislative history, such as Rep. Hyde stating that he knew the Hyde Amendment would have drastic implications on poor women’s ability to obtain an abortion, but that his goal was to prevent all women from accessing abortion so he would settle for poor women (who are disproportionately women of color). Arons and Agenor then go on to demonstrate how poor women of color face greater challenges in accessing reproductive care and tie this to the reproductive justice movement started by women of color activists. Distributed by the Center for American Progress, this paper provides a clear, easy-to-read explanation of the Hyde Amendment and its particular consequences on women of color. This piece would be useful to law and policy advocates, healthcare providers, and community organizers interested in reproductive oppression. 


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