For 40 years, politicians have used the Hyde Amendment, which denies coverage for abortion for those insured through Medicaid, to interfere in women’s health decisions. For those struggling to make ends meet—including people of color, low-income women, young people, and immigrants—a coverage ban might as well be a ban on abortion altogether.
In the last week of September—to mark the 40th year of the Hyde Amendment—people around the country are uniting to take brave action against abortion coverage bans. When it comes to the most important decisions in life, such as whether to become a parent, it is vital that a woman be able to exercise her moral agency, regardless of her income or insurance plan.
During the last week of September (September 25-October 1), the Religious Institute is calling religious leaders and people of faith to join reproductive justice advocates nationwide by participating in the “United for Abortion Coverage Week of Action.” Below you can find more information about how your faith community can #BeBoldEndHyde. Don’t hesitate to contact the Religious Institute for further assistance.
Resources for participating in the United for Abortion Coverage Week of Action
- Learn more about the Hyde Amendment
- Learn more about the EACH Woman Act
Social Action Resources
- Join the interfaith tweet storm on Wednesday, September 28 from 2-3pm #Faith4Coverage
- Join the GO BOLD ThunderClap on September 30th at 12:00PM
- Contact your legislators and elected officials in support of the EACH Woman Act
- Organize a sign-on letter of local interfaith religious leaders
- Engage the Religious Institute’s Reproductive Justice for All resources
- Learn about the intersection of faith and the Hyde Amendment
- Worship Resources on Reproductive Justice
- Lectionary Preaching Resources
- Parashot Preaching Resources (see also NCJW’s Rosh Hashanah resources below)
- Attend the SisterReach Virtual Roundtable on Black Women, Faith, Poverty, and Policy
- RSVP to attend the September 29, 6:30-7:30PM virtual roundtable “The Widow’s Mites: Black Women, Faith, Poverty and Policy”
- Religious Institute Director of Programs for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education Kentina Washington will be a featured participant.
- Host an abortion speak out in your faith community
- Jewish-specific resources from the National Council of Jewish Women
- Sign the Abortion in Good Faith Pledge from Catholics for Choice