Removing Barriers to Abortion Services

Sponsored by the late Illinois Congressional Representative Henry Hyde, the Hyde Amendment was passed in 1977.  It prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion service only under certain exceptions – rape, incest, or the life of the woman.  Throughout its existence Black Women for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ) worked in coalition with other women of color and ally groups to get the Hyde Amendment repealed.  Because of the Hyde Amendment, thousands of women and girls are forced to carry unintended and unwanted pregnancies to term because they lack the financial resources to have an abortion.

BWRJ Hyde Amendment Factsheet

About RJTheologian

I have worked in the women's movement at nonprofits for almost 20 years. The focus of my work has been reproductive and sexual health. I was one of the founding mothers who coined the phrase "reproductive justice" in 1994. This has become a framework that has literally taken the women's movement by storm, helping to create the space for women of color to work on issues of reproductive and sexual health from positions of leadership and expertise. After working in this movement for so many years, I decided that the time had came for me to step out of the way and support the next generation of women of color leaders in doing the work. I am on to new horizons, pursing my academic studies and women and gender and theology. I will always be supportive of the work being done in the reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice movements. However, being outside of the day-to-day workings of a nonprofit organization gives me the opportunity to be a "Peripheral Movement Sista!!"
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