You know I think AOC is determined to drag this Congress into the future one bill and one petition at a time.
Courtesy of The Hill:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (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 Biden’s presidential campaign confirmed the former vice president still supported it.
That Hyde Amendment was bullshit from the start and was only added to appease conservative politicians who did not want poor women to have access to the same reproductive rights that their more affluent peers took for granted.
And I have to tell you that this kind of focus on the Hyde Amendment is going to be a huge headache for Joe Biden moving forward.