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Abortion never has been equally accessible. The Hyde Amendment, originally passed in 1976, prohibited the use of federal funds to cover the cost of abortions. In practice, this law means that low-income people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid or other public coverage of health care have even less access to abortion than those whose insurance covers the procedure. Today, Hyde remains in effect. We know who bears the brunt of these laws. Black women are 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Latinx women twice as likely to do so. In addition, abortion has become increasingly consolidated among the poor: studies show that 75% of abortion patients are low-income or poor. Any abortion restrictions, therefore, disproportionately impact people of color and low-income people. For more information regarding the rise of the anti-abortion movement in the U.S., check out this podcast on Spotify.

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