Repealing the Hyde Amendment. Championing the Each Woman Act.
Handles & Hashtags
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#BeBoldEndHyde #CancelHyde #DontHydeAbortion & (for use on October 3rd: #Roses4Rosie)
History & Key Messaging
Remembering Rosie Jimenez & The History of Hyde
The Hyde Amendment is a provision in the federal budget restricting federal funding for abortions.The Hyde Amendment is a provision in the federal budget restricting Medicaid funding for abortions. The Hyde Amendment was first passed by Congress in 1976, three years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade. Congress has renewed the Hyde Amendment every year for the last 44 years. In March of 2010, President Obama reaffirmed the Hyde Amendment by signing an Executive Order under which the restrictions also go into effect for the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
The Hyde Amendment disproportionately affects the Latina/x community. Repealing it would mean honoring the legacy of Rosie Jimenez.
The Hyde Amendment is an economic abortion ban that limits the access to abortion care supposedly created by Roe v Wade, and it disproportionately affects Latina/x people with low incomes. A crucial fact about the Hyde Amendment is that it is not a law, but rather a rider, or ‘addition,’ to a law that has been intentionally passed by Congress every year since 1976. For over four decades, The Hyde Amendment has exacerbated barriers between low-income Latina/x people and abortion care while having a long-lasting, chilling effect on the ability to achieve real reproductive justice. In 1977, Rosie Jimenez, a Latina, single mother in college, was unable to use her own Medicaid to pay for a legal abortion due to the Hyde Amendment. On September 23rd, she received illegal abortion care and on October 3rd she died as a result of related complications. Without public funding for abortion, many Latina/x people are still left on their own to try to find ways to pay for an abortion. Lack of public funding for abortion care will continue to be a major obstacle for Latinas with low incomes until the Hyde Amendment restrictions are lifted.
The Hyde Amendment was purposefully designed to block access to abortion. “I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman.” - Henry Hyde. The Hyde Amendment was specifically designed by Congressman Henry Hyde to block individuals with low incomes from accessing their human right to abortion care. Repealing the Hyde Amendment does not grant ‘extra rights,’ but rather reverses a systemic attempt to block people of color from their right to abortion care. After 44 years, the question is: how long must people of color wait before members of Congress end this discrimination?
Social Media Posts 9/28 - 10/3
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“My feminism will be intersectional, or it will be bullshit”- Flavia Dzodan. Systemic racism insists on inventing obstacles for women of color who attempt to access legal healthcare like abortion. Although Roe V Wade made abortion legal to some, many people in our Latina/x community with low incomes still are denied the right to legal abortion services because of the Hyde Amendment. This Amendment, passed in 1976, prohibits people from using their own Medicaid for their own abortion services. Include women of color in your fight for reproductive justice by calling to #CancelHyde! Tune into the fight by checking out the Latina Institute.
Sample Caption 2 [for Latina/x led orgs and individuals]: Rosie Jimenez is just one of the women in our community victimized by systemic racism and classism. Join me in protecting our own by cancelling the Hyde Amendment! Everyone deserves equal access to healthcare, including Latina/x people with low incomes. End of story.
Abortions are legal, right? Well, every year since 1976 Congress has passed the Hyde Amendment making it illegal to use federal funds for abortion care. In 1977, Rosie Jimenez, a Latina college student and single mom was unable to use her own Medicaid to pay for a legal abortion. She later died from complications as a result of illegal abortion care. If you claim to support equal healthcare access for all, then you must call to #CancelHyde.
Earlier this month, news broke that ICE has been illegally sterilizing im/migrants in the Irwin County Detention Center. These stories are horrific, and they are just another stain in this country’s history of controlling people’s reproductive rights. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has made it illegal for Medicaid funds to be used for abortion services leaving many people with low incomes left out of the abortion care access supposedly granted to them by Roe v Wade. For reproductive justice to be achieved, bodily autonomy needs to be a possibility for all members of our society regardless of their income or im/migration status.
When we talk about abortion access, we need to remember Rosie Jimenez. Rosie was the first person to die because the Hyde Amendment denied her access to safe abortion care. 44 years later and Latina/x people are still denied healthcare under Hyde. If we want justice, we must #CancelHyde!
Systemic racism insists on denying WOC their right to abortion care. Altho Roe v Wade legalized abortion for some, the Hyde Amendment continues to target Latinas/xs. Include WOC in your fight for justice by calling to #CancelHyde!
Earlier in Sept, we were reminded that the U.S is obsessed w controlling Latina/x bodies. The Hyde Amendment is just another example. In '76, it became illegal to use federal funding for abortion, barring many Latina/x ppl from their rights. If we want justice, we must #CancelHyde.
#DontHydeAbortions! Shaming abortions has become so normalized that since 1976, the government has refused to allow people use Medicaid to pay for their OWN abortions. This needs to stop. Control over your own body is a human right, don't let anyone tell you different!
Abortions are legal, right? Well, every yr since 1976 Congress has passed the Hyde Amendment making it illegal for ppl to use Medicaid for abortion care. This means that communities w a large % of ppl w low incomes are less likely to get safe abortions. #CancelHyde
When the Hyde Amendment began... ABBA was still making music, Saturday Night Fever just came out, & a gallon of gas cost 60 cents. 4 decades later and Hyde is still denying ppl basic abortion care. We need to hurry up #CancelHyde already.
Sample Media Posts for our Tweet Storm on Wednesday September 30th, 2020 at 1pm!
Since 1976, congress has used the Hyde Amendment to make it harder for ppl with low incomes to access abortion care. I am a proud supporter of reproductive justice and I am declaring our legislators #DontHydeAbortion! Learn about the Each Woman Act here.
#DontHydeAbortions- they're for everyone! The Hyde Amendment has disproportionately affected Latina/x ppl for 44 years, but its time is up. I support abortion care because [insert your reason and tag us @latinainstitute]
#DontHydeAbortions- they're for everyone! People of all im/migration and income status deserve equal access to their reproductive rights. @latinainstitute
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