Since it was first attached as a rider in 1976, the Hyde Amendment has been considered a bane to pro-choice activists. In many cases, it has prohibited federal funds from providing abortions even in cases of rape or incest. Opponents of the Amendment have long contested that it primarily prevents low-income women from receiving the benefits they need, because abortions are not funded through Medicaid under the Hyde Amendment. Who receives Medicaid? In part, minority women. Who can’t afford an abortion? A lot of minority women.
However, the same study states that although abortions are dropping in frequency, the mortality rates for women who do go undergo abortions — primarily in countries where the procedure is illegal — are still dying at alarming rates. The current figure states that almost 70,000 women a year succumb to abortion complications and die shortly thereafter.
The report also relates some striking information, which, I suppose only makes sense if you really take the time to consider it: the more abortion is outlawed, the higher the risk is that a woman will go to extreme measures in order to have an abortion served to her, whether by her own hand or by undereducated individuals in unsafe settings. The Guttmacher report states that “total abortions occurred at roughly equal rates” in countries where they were legal and where they were highly restricted as well, which does clearly prompt women to go to extreme measures and throw all caution to the wind.