In June Medical Services v. Russo, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a resounding message to politicians all across the country: It is unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary laws that place an undue burden on a person’s right to safe, legal abortion.
Conservative members of a Congress held a hearing on the Hyde Amendment — but instead of addressing how Hyde hurts low-income women of color, they showed their true colors by comparing abortion to slavery and Black genocide.
Congress is a mess. But the one thing they've managed to do without fail — year after year, for nearly 40 years — is ban federal programs from providing health insurance coverage for abortion through the so-called Hyde Amendment and other similar restrictions.
The abortion restrictions in the trafficking bill make it clearer than ever that it's time for the Republican Party leaders to return to our core values of personal responsibility and individual liberty — and leave personal medical decisions to a woman, her family and her faith.