The Carrboro Board of Aldermen recently voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal insurance funds for abortions except in circumstances where the life of the mother is endangered.
The resolution, adopted during the Board's Oct. 16 meeting, affirms Carrboro’s support for safe and comprehensive health care for all women.
The Hyde Amendment was introduced in 1977, three years after Roe v. Wade, in order to block women on Medicaid from using their insurance to fund abortions.
The amendment has been reenacted every year since its introduction and blocks federal funding of abortions for women who receive their health care from the government, including those enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare, Native Americans, federal employees, current members of the military, veterans, Peace Corps volunteers and citizens of Washington, D.C.
“We just came upon the anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, and that’s what prompted us to do the resolution,” Board of Aldermen member Damon Seils said.