Hillary Clinton. (AP)
(CNSNews.com) -- In a speech on Friday to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said it is necessary to repeal the Hyde Amendment, a provision that says no federal funds may be used for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is threatened.
“Let’s repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that make it nearly impossible for low-income women, disproportionally women-of-color, to exercise their full reproductive rights,” said Clinton at the event in Washington, D.C.
She added, “It is worth saying, again, defending women’s health means defending access to abortion, not just in theory but in reality.”
The Hyde Amendment, not a law but a “rider” attached to appropriation bills, was established by Congress in 1976. The amendment, usually attached to the Health and Human Services’ annual appropriation, prohibits those funds from being spent on abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.
The amendment’s restrictions usually apply to Medicaid funds.
According to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, “The Hyde Amendment is nothing more than an intrusive and unfair restriction on insurance coverage for millions of low-income women and their families, and it is an example of politicians interfering with a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions.”