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‘Hyde-ing’ the Right to Choose


Barbara Lee speaks out against the Stupak Amendment during health care reform negotiations in the House, November, 2009.

Barbara Lee speaks out against the Stupak Amendment during health care reform negotiations in the House, November, 2009. Credit: YouTube via RaceWire.

While lawmakers in Washington mull over the nuts and bolts of health care reform, advocates are concerned that a woman’s fundamental right to reproductive health services is endangered. On this edition, Stupak, the Hyde Amendment, and religion. We take a look at some of the threats to abortion access, more than thirty-five years after Roe V. Wade legalized a woman’s right to have an abortion.


Stephanie Poggi, National Network of Abortion Funds Executive Director; Jenny, shares her story about having an abortion; Jon O’Brien, Catholics for Choice President; Guadalupe Rodriguez, ACCESS/Women’s Health Rights Coalition Program & Public Policy Director (Bonus Audio).

This program is funded in part by the Mary Wohlford Foundation.

Stephanie Poggi of the National Network of Abortion Funds talks about the Hyde Amendment and its impact on a woman’s right to have an abortion.

A 2008 Guttmacher Institute Study shows, one in three women in the US will have an abortion in her lifetime.  And national polling consistently shows the majority of Americans support a woman’s right to choose. We now hear from a young woman who shares her story about the decision she made to have an abortion and the impact it’s had on her life.

Women face a myriad of barriers when it comes to getting an abortion… fewer clinics offering abortion services, a lack of trained abortion providers and Medicaid restrictions to name a few.  And what about religion?

Catholics for Choice, founded the same year Roe V. Wade was passed, serves as a voice for Catholics who believe that Catholic tradition supports a woman’s legal and moral right to make decisions about her own reproductive health and sexuality.  Jon O’Brien is the President of ‘Catholics for Choice’.


Interview with Guadalupe Rodriguez of ‘ACCESS/Women’s Health Rights Coalition’ on immigrants access to reproductive services.


For More Information:

ACCESS/Women’s Health Rights Coalition
Oakland, CA

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
Los Angeles, CA

Catholics for Choice
Washington, DC

Center for Reproductive Rights
Washington, DC

CodePink: Women for Peace
Washington, DC

Exhale – an after abortion counseling hotline
Oakland, CA

NARAL – Pro-Choice America
Washington, DC

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Washington, DC

National Network of Abortion Funds
Boston, MA

Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Washington, DC

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How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America
By Cristina Page, Author

Hyde 30-years is Enough Campaign

‘In Taking a Lead from the Bishops, Democratic Leadership Is out of Step with Voters’

‘Legal Abortion Is a Fundamental Right — Why Do We Often Forget That?’
By Frances Kissling, AlterNet

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  1. All too often the politics and conflict that surround abortion silence the voices of those who have had one. I appreciated the opportunity to hear Jenny’s story and hope to hear more in the future. Creating more room where each person’s unique story can be heard with dignity and respect is crucial to transforming the abortion conflict – and promoting every woman’s wellbeing.

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  2. Stephanie Poggi makes a point that “those with the least resources” (young women, women of color and low income women) are the most at risk. This is a serious injustice to women’s rights in health care and is indisputably a form of “discrimination.”

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  3. It is ludicrous for an insurance company to deem any procedure, much less an abortion “urgent” three years after the fact, which is what happened with the young lady interviewed in this program. This could completely surpress the “right to choose” for women without means.

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