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The Democrats in the House of Representatives bring the spending bill to repeal the Hyde Amendment

That means federal employees and their families, members of the military and their families, American Indians, Native Americans, and inmates in federal prisons are forced to pay out of pocket for access to a safe and legal medical procedure in addition to all of the other hurdles in so many faces in the care. This household bill applies to HHS programs only – Medicaid, Indian Health Service, Medicare, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that "on average, in 2014 an abortion cost between $ 500 at 10 weeks gestation, while costs rose to $ 1,195 or more at 20 weeks gestation."

KFF estimates that if the ban had been lifted in 2019, "abortion protection could have provided federal assistance to 13.9 million women of childbearing age enrolled with Medicaid, as well as millions of others in similarly restricted federal programs." This is a compulsory childbirth mandate for millions of women in 33 states plus the District of Columbia.

Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement that her organization is "thrilled" that the provision has finally been dropped. "For too long, the racist and sexist Hyde Amendment has put the government in control of a personal health decision for many low-income people. And its extension to our federal prison system is cruel and unjust. Your zip code, your financial situation, whether or not If you are incarcerated or the type of health insurance you have, you should never determine what type of basic health services you can access, including abortion, "she wrote.

"This is a historic victory for reproductive freedom and this moment has lasted decades," said Acting President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Adrienne Kimmell, in a statement following the committee's action. "We thank our partners in the Reproductive Justice Movement and the women of color who led the fight against these harmful bans on reporting on abortion, our deepest thanks."

That includes President Biden. "If I think health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on a person's zip code," he said of leaving Hyde out of his budget. "I cannot justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and without the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected rights."

Unfortunately, that may not keep getting the budget through the Senate. Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat who will be responsible for HHS law on her committee, is unlikely to have the votes to prevent the Hyde addition. "Well, I support it [drop that]," she said. "But I have to have the votes, and we'll see that." That doesn't make the fact that the House left it off and the President left it off any less significant. It bends the curve in the right direction.

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