Rep. Pressley Statement on Inclusion of Hyde Amendment in Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

July 6, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) released the below statement following release of the proposed FY 2021 Appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies.

“For generations, the Hyde Amendment has restricted the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion care for millions-- disproportionately impacting our most vulnerable, low-income, Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.

When I say it is time to legislate our values and write budgets that affirm the dignity and worth of Black and Brown lives, I mean it.

Let me be clear, discriminatory abortion bans like the Hyde Amendment are blatantly racist and perpetuate systems of oppression and white supremacy that target people of color--especially Black people--and their bodily autonomy.

This first ever pro-choice majority in the House of Representatives has a mandate and a responsibility to stand up for reproductive rights and justice for all, not just those who can afford it. This is a racial justice issue.

We know that Black women are statistically denied access to medical care across the board. Their pain is delegitimized and their lives devalued by a broken for profit health care system.

I am deeply disappointed to see that the Hyde Amendment was included in the House LHHS funding bill. Black and Brown people should not have to continue to wait to have their humanity and freedoms recognized. I intend to work with my colleagues to finally repeal Hyde when the bill comes to the House floor and I will file an amendment to do just that.”

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