Our Issues: Abortion Access
In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision- which gave women the right to safe and legal abortion- was a historic milestone for women’s health and rights. Unfortunately, the fight for abortions rights did not end with this decision and since 1973, there have been numerous government restrictions passed which have severely limited access. Cultural and linguistic differences, and well as restrictions based on age, economic status, immigration status and geographic location are obstacles that prohibit many women, especially Latinas and other women of color, from seeking safe abortions and from exercising their reproductive freedom. And with today’s political climate, preserving women’s reproductive rights will continue to be an uphill battle. For many Latinas, especially those who are poor and uninsured, Roe v. Wade is an abstract concept with little bearing on their reality. That is why NLIRH actively supports the right of every Latina to seek a safe and affordable abortion.
¡BASTA! 30 Years is Enough: The Repeal Hyde Campaign
For 30 years, low-income women on Medicaid have been unjustly prevented from accessing one of the safest and most important procedures a woman can have—an abortion.
Under the Hyde Amendment, first passed in 1977, the federal government will not cover abortions for women on Medicaid except in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment.
A total of 33 states provide public funding for abortion in the limited cases of life endangerment, incest or rape, although a few of these states have exceptions for cases of fetal anomalies or severe health problems. More.
The Hyde Amendment particularly affects low-income women and women of color. Abortion is an important option for Latinas, research shows that they represent 17-20% of women having abortions.
Approximately 25% of pregnancies among Latinas end in abortion, compared to 18% of white women.
Without financial support, abortion through safe and legal channels may be inaccessible for low-income and immigrant Latinas.
Written Testimony from the Reproductive Justice Community on H.R. 3541, The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2011