on this day 11/23 …

USflag1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates

  • 1644 Areopagitica, a pamphlet by John Milton, decrying censorship, is published.
  • 1869 In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched – one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving
  • 1964 Vatican abolishes Latin as official language of Roman Catholic liturgy
  • 2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, elected president of Liberia, is the first woman to lead an African country.

RELEASE: Ahead of 40th Anniversary of Hyde Amendment, CAP Calls for Policymakers to Repeal Hyde and Reject Similar Restrictions on Abortion

Contact: Chelsea Kiene
Phone: 202.478.5328
Email: ckiene@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C. — Forty years ago this Friday, lawmakers passed the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid from covering abortion care, except in limited cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment’s passage, the Center for American Progress released an issue brief and infographic illustrating how the Hyde Amendment has perpetuated inequality in abortion access by limiting access to safe, legal abortion for millions of low-income women, young women, and women of color. CAP also released a column examining the broad support within faith communities for repealing the Hyde Amendment.

For 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has been approved annually in the federal appropriations process. By restricting the Medicaid program from covering this vital service, safe, legal abortion is often unaffordable and therefore inaccessible for millions of women. To make matters worse, the Hyde Amendment has become the basis for additional bans on federal funding that impact millions more women and their families.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has long affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to abortions. Yet under prohibitive restrictions like the Hyde Amendment, millions of women are effectively denied the right to access a safe and legal abortion,” said Heidi Williamson, Senior Policy Analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at CAP. “The effects of Hyde and similar restrictions are most acutely felt among the nation’s most vulnerable women, making this not only a reproductive justice issue but also an economic justice issue.”

In order to ensure that all women have access to the reproductive health care they deserve—including access to affordable, safe, and timely abortion—CAP calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. Additionally, policymakers should pass the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance, or EACH Woman, Act, which aims to ensure abortion coverage through all government-sponsored health insurance plans, including Medicaid; pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prohibit federal, state, or local government from imposing medically unnecessary limitations on abortion care; and repeal restrictions on federal funding of abortion through U.S. foreign aid.

“It’s time for politicians to stop interfering with women’s health care decisions,” said Jamila K. Taylor, Senior Fellow at CAP. “Restrictions on access to abortion do nothing but drive women into desperate situations by pushing safe medical care out of reach. In turn, women suffer, families suffer, and broader society suffers.”

The following CAP experts are available to comment on the impact of the Hyde Amendment and how policymakers can ensure that safe, legal abortion is affordable and accessible for all women:

Read the issue brief: The Hyde Amendment Has Perpetuated Inequality in Abortion Access for 40 Years by Heidi Williamson and Jamila Taylor

Read the infographic: The Real Cost of Abortion by Heidi Williamson

Read the column: Hearing Faith Voices Raised Against Hyde by Tracy Wolf

Related resources:

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Chelsea Kiene at ckiene@americanprogress.org or 202.478.5328.

Washington State and the Reproductive Parity Act

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
                   I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.
As you know, the State House of Representatives passed the Reproductive Parity Act (RPA)  – and the Senate Majority Caucus has refused to even hold a hearing.
We believe there are enough votes for the RPA to pass in the Senate, but the Majority leadership won’t let it move forward. In response, the pro-women’s health Senators are taking matters into their own hands: They’re holding a special legislative meeting today to consider the RPA. If you can’t be there in person we still have a great way to help.
Click to send a message to your State Senator that the Reproductive Parity Act must come up for a vote!
This meeting will look and sound a lot like a regular hearing, and it’s an important step in the process. But it’s not the last step! After today, the Senate will have the information they need and should give it the up-or-down vote it deserves. The RPA should be considered and voted on – and then it should be signed into law.
Help us move the RPA forward by passing along a quick message to your State Senator!
Thank you so much for your activism and support!
Courtney Normand Washington Public Affairs Manager Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest

Liberty and Reproductive Justice for All!


This Fourth of July, we hold this truth to be self-evident:everyone should have the reproductive freedom to decide if and when to start a family.

But some politicians have limited that freedom by passing restrictions on critical reproductive health care like abortion and birth control, which disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color. Luckily, there’s a bill before Congress — the EACH Woman Act — that could help turn the tide.


Access to reproductive health care, including abortion and birth control, is central to economic security. Yet for almost 40 years, women in the United States have suffered under a cruel federal law that takes abortion coverage away from women who are struggling to make ends meet.

That’s why we need the EACH Woman Act, which would ensure that every woman — regardless of her income or how she is insured — is at liberty to determine whether and when to become a parent. Congress should be back in session soon after the holiday, and we want to make sure that the first thing your representative hears is how important protecting reproductive health care is to you.

Tell Your Representative: Support Reproductive Freedom by Passing the EACH Woman Act Now!

Thanks for standing up for liberty and reproductive justice for all.

And happy Fourth of July!

Fatima Goss Graves
Senior Vice President for Program
National Women’s Law Center