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for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ) worked in coalition with other women of color and ally groups to get the Hyde Amendment repealed.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.