The Legal Obstacle to Federal Abortion Efforts After Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade Ruling

A new public policy issue — whether the federal government can find ways to help Americans access abortions now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned — is running up against a long-time restriction on federal dollars. The Hyde Amendment, first enacted 45 years ago, and related provisions restrict the use of federal funds for abortions. It’s emerged as an obstacle to efforts to maintain abortion services for women in states that outlaw the procedure.

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