PJM: After the Supreme Court unilaterally struck down state laws regulating abortion in Roe v. Wade (1973), Congress passed two amendments to protect pro-life taxpayers from being forced to finance what they consider to be a form of murder. The Hyde Amendment prevents taxpayer funding for abortions in the U.S. and the Helms Amendment prevents taxpayer funding for abortions overseas. This week, House Democrats filed the “first-ever bill” to repeal the Helms Amendment, calling the policy “deeply rooted in racism.”
“The Helms Amendment is a policy deeply rooted in racism. It imposes our arbitrary and medically unnecessary abortion restrictions on international communities, allowing the United States to control the health care and bodily autonomy of billions of Black and brown people around the world,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said in a statement. Schakowsky teamed up with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), a member of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Squad,” to introduce the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act of 2020.
“Just like the Hyde Amendment, the Helms Amendment puts reproductive and economic freedom out of reach for women of color,” Schakowsky argued. “But enough is enough, and both amendments must fall if we want to realize true health equity and reproductive justice.” read more