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‘Hyde-ing’ the Right to Choose


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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

T-shirtArticles, Blogs, Films, Reports, Other

‘Abortion Not the Only Fight in Health Reform’
By Jennifer Block, AlterNet

‘Health and Justice Now: California Women of Color Demand Health Care for All’
By Rocio Córdoba & Destiny Lopez, Colorlines

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

Nelson Amendment

Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Author: Radio Project

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