AOC: ‘The Hyde Amendment Isn’t About Abortion Per Se’

By Melanie Arter | June 17, 2019 | 10:37am EDT
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( – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday that the Hyde Amendment “isn’t about abortion per se” – it’s about providing health care access to low-income women, women of color, and incarcerated women.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Ocasio-Cortez whether former Vice President Joe Biden “has sufficiently answered the question on the Hyde amendment, which bans federal funds for abortion.”


“He had supported it year after year after year, now he says he's against it. Does that close the case for that?” Karl asked.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was “encouraged by the fact that he is now against the Hyde amendment.”



“I think it's a very base level where all candidates need to be,” she said, adding that she’s “excited to be introducing a repeal of the Hyde amendment ... for incarcerated women and the maternal and reproductive health care of incarcerated women is -- it should be guaranteed as it is with all women in the United States.”

“And so I think it really depends -- and that's really what the Hyde amendment is about,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The Hyde amendment isn't about abortion per se. The Hyde amendment is truly about equality of health care and health care access for low-income women and women of color and women that get caught in our mass incarceration system.

“And so the Hyde amendment is about income inequality, and it's about women's health care in a system of income inequality. So I think that we need to repeal it,” she said.

“I think that -- that having that -- a strong record, I think all of this is stuff for voters to decide. But I think that we really -- this is not in the niche topic of women's issues anymore, this is an American issue. We're talking about 50, 51 percent of the American public being impacted by the realities of the Hyde amendment,” Ocasio-Cortez said.


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