The NWHN’s statement in response to the House Appropriations Committee’s historic hearing on the Hyde Amendment

December 8, 2020


Contact: Adele Costa, [email protected]

The NWHN commends U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, All Above All, and the formidable advocates for reproductive health care that participated in the virtual hearing on the harms of the Hyde Amendment conducted on December 8 2020. Since 1976, politicians have used the Hyde Amendment to deny insurance coverage for abortion for people struggling financially, and Black, Indigenous, LGBT, and Latinx people bear the brunt of this punishing policy.

The Network has stood in solidarity with Black and Latinx-led organizations since our founding as they led the charge to repeal Hyde, and today, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The challenges of this year — anti-Black police violence, wage gaps, inequities in health care exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic — all exacerbate Hyde’s impact. Now is the time to reimagine what it looks like to go forward together and end policies that perpetuate economic and healthcare inequities. The NWHN calls upon Congress: Don’t introduce one more bill with Hyde language.