The Hyde amendment, which has been in effect since 1977, restricts federal funding of abortions for Medicaid-eligible women "except where the life of the mother would be endangered if a fetus were carried to term." It has virtually eliminated federally financed abortions and the undue hardships it places on poor women foreshadow contemporary developments in abortion politics today for all women.
Sable, Marjorie R.
"The Hyde Amendment: Its Impact on Low Income Women with Unwanted Pregnancies,"
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