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Today Is the Anniversary of a Dark Day in Abortion Rights History

For decades, millions of low-income women have been prevented from getting Medicaid coverage for their abortions—a reality that disproportionately affects abortion access for women of color. The reason? The Hyde Amendment, an appropriations rider preventing the use of federal funding for most abortions. It was first passed in the House 40 years ago today. Even in 1976, abortion rights advocates recognized that this amendment would prove detrimental to women's reproductive health care access.
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