Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Hyde Amendment, which denies abortion coverage to individuals enrolled in most federal health plans and programs. Hyde disproportionately affects people already struggling to make ends meet, who are more likely to be women of color, immigrants, young and transgender or gender-nonconforming individuals.

During the week of action, thousands of activists across the country will raise awareness about the harms of Hyde and encourage Congress to pass the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act – a bill that would end federal bans on abortion coverage and bar local, state and federal political interference in the decisions of private health insurers to offer abortion coverage.

Together we will continue the momentum to ensure that everyone has access to abortion, no matter how much money they make or how they are insured.

Patty Weber

state policy advocate, National Council of Jewish Women

Portland