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Ocasio-Cortez Starts Petition To Repeal Hyde Amendment
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Ocasio-Cortez Starts Petition To Repeal Hyde Amendment

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Ocasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color.

“It’s not the 70s anymore. This is 2019, and none of our leaders should be willing to stand by a policy that disproportionately harms low income Americans and people of color just to suit the interests of anti-choice zealots,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in an email to supporters.

“That ends now. We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment, and let people access the care that they need. Sign your name if you stand for repealing the Hyde Amendment,” she continued. 

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits government health programs such as Medicaid from paying for abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother, was first thrust into the spotlight earlier this month after Joe BidenJoe Biden22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry Young Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive MORE’s presidential campaign confirmed the former vice president still supported it.

Biden, the current front-runner in the crowded Democratic presidential primary field, later reversed course on his long-standing support for the measure and came out against the amendment after an avalanche of pushback from fellow 2020 candidates and abortion rights groups.

“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code,” he said at a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta, citing abortion restrictions recently passed by Republican governors when explaining his reversal.

The Hyde Amendment was first passed in response to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, which established a woman's right to an abortion. The measure has been reauthorized in annual government spending bills ever since.