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Why Repealing the Hyde Amendment Will Kill Black Lives

Dean Nelson / July 14, 2021

The Hyde Amendment is under attack. Before President Joe Biden even took office in January 2021, leading Democrats announced their plans to upset decades of bipartisan consensus and fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment.

As Biden pursues his policy agenda this year, activists and Democratic legislators have only sharpened their calls to action, decrying the Hyde Amendment as anti-choice and racist.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told reporters in March:

Let’s call this amendment what it is: It’s anti-choice and it’s blatantly racist. We know it disproportionately impacts low-income people and women of color. It should never have been signed into law and it’s way past time that it was repealed. The Hyde Amendment has been used by anti-choice politicians to keep abortion care out of the reach for people already marginalized by our health care system.

‘Most Pro-Abortion Presidential Ticket In American History’: Pro-Life Groups Condemn Biden VP Kamala Harris

  • Pro-life groups roundly condemned 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Tuesday vice presidential pick, Kamala Harris, calling her an “extremist.” 
  • “Together,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said, “Biden and Harris constitute the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in American history.”
  • The SBA List also released a five figure TV ad buy Tuesday that specifically targets Harris for her “extremism on abortion.” 

The former vice president announced Tuesday that Harris would be running with him in his bid for the White House. Harris has a long history of advocating for increased abortion access and against pro-life policy: she has voted against abortion bills that protect the unborn after 20 weeks of pregnancy and voted against protecting babies born alive after failed abortions.

As a presidential candidate, Harris promised to codify Roe v. Wade,require judicial nominees to support Roe v. Wade, to repeal the Hyde Amendment, to require private insurers to cover abortion and contraception, to make abortion drugs and birth control available over the counter, to ban abstinence only sex ed, to preserve funding for Planned Parenthood, and much more.  She also said she would not consider a running mate who opposed abortion rights. (RELATED: Harris Slams Biden Over His Flip On Taxpayer-Funded Abortion)