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Fall Newsletter: The New State of Abortion Access in the Midwest

Abortion Access by StateLast fiscal year, with your support we were able to help more than 800 people living in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin access abortion care through our abortion assistance fund.   

As we look back over the data we collect from each caller, this story is shifting.  More than ever before the people we serve are telling us how anti-choice laws and policies specific to public and private health insurance coverage are making it close to impossible for the people we serve to access the abortion care they need.

The sad reality is that if you are low-income, the state you live in will likely be a determining factor of whether or not you will be able to access abortion care.

Read the full story about the impact these laws are having on people with low or no incomes, as well as get program and event updates in our Fall 2014 newsletter.

In the four decades of legal, safe abortion, it has remained unaffordable and unavailable for far too many, particularly women of color.

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September 30, 2014 marks the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which passed in 1976. A direct response to the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion just three years earlier, the Hyde Amendment was the first of many restrictions on abortion, and denied Medicaid patients the right to an abortion. Later restrictions followed: federal employees, U.S. military personnel and their families, Peace Corps volunteers, Indian Health Service recipients, federal prisoners, and people with disabilities covered by Medicare — all denied abortion coverage.

The intent of the Hyde Amendment is to make it more difficult for low-income women to get the abortions they need. It is the backdrop to all abortion funds.

Our Executive Director, Karen Law, was featured in both the National Journal and ThinkProgress recently discussing the impact of Hyde on people living in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest and our work as part of the national All* Above All campaign to reform these unacceptable policies.

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