What is the Hyde Amendment and Why is it So Important?

The Hyde Amendment is a rider to the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriation bill (the bill that funds Medicaid) that Congress has included in the bill each year since 1976. The Amendment prevents federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, or for health plans that include coverage for abortion. Before the Hyde Amendment was enacted, the federal government paid for an estimated 300,000 abortions per year through the Medicaid program after the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down in 1973.

The Hyde Amendment has enjoyed bi-partisan support over the years, and goiverns current Medicaid appropriation. It is critically important that the Hyde Amendment be included in any future Medicaid appropriation bills, especially since states will now be deciding whether or not to expand the Medicaid program.

 The MCC will be asking the members of our citizen’s network to oppose any efforts by Congress to eliminate the Hyde Amendment from future appropriation bills.

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