By Joni Cohan, NCJW Inc. Board Vice President and NCJW Greater Dallas Section member
In mid-September, I flew half way across the country, from my home in Dallas to Washington, DC, to join a coalition effort seeking an end to a policy that has harmed women for 38 years too long, known as the Hyde Amendment. This event was coordinated by the All* Above All campaign, which unites individuals and organizations to end bans like Hyde, a federal policy which has restricted Medicaid from covering abortion since it was first passed by Congress in 1976. Since then, it has seeped into other federal programs. People who are enrolled in the Medicaid program in most states, as well as federal employees, military service members, and even contractors whose insurance is provided by the federal government, cannot receive coverage for abortion care.