FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2021
CONTACT: Madison Donzis | [email protected]
WASHINGTON, DC -- Moments ago, the Biden administration released its proposed budget, which removes the Hyde Amendment from its language on sexual and reproductive health care.
Serra Sippel, President of CHANGE (the Center for Health & Gender Equity) issued the following in response:
“While CHANGE is encouraged to see the Hyde amendment excluded from the Biden administration’s proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2022, it leaves behind the millions of people worldwide who need access to abortion services.
“Removing the Helms Amendment, for starters, is a crucial step in dismantling neo-colonialism and racism in our U.S. foreign policy. It’s long past time for the U.S. to stop imposing funding restrictions that undermine efforts by countries, health care providers and local advocates to make safe abortion accessible to those who need it. Ending Helms is a matter of life or death: its repeal would prevent millions of unsafe abortions and subsequent injuries and disabilities, and would sharply decrease maternal deaths and pregnancy-related complications for women internationally. Moreover, removing Helms would serve as an opportunity for the United States to play catch-up when it comes to its leadership in the realm of sexual and reproductive health and rights. People all over the world cannot afford for the U.S. government to turn its back on them.”
The budget release comes after CHANGE (the Center for Health & Gender Equity), Ipas, Global Justice Center (GJC), Population Connection & UltraViolet, commissioned a mobile billboard to traverse the White House and Capitol buildings demanding Biden remove the Helms amendment and other abortion funding restrictions from his presidential budget.
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