Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that forces we the taxpayers to fund interstate travel for poor women on Medicaid to obtain abortions.
They are overwhelmingly women of color. This Sangeresque move is one more evidence that the children of the poor, especially babies of color, are an inconvenience to the privileged in power, masked as women’s empowerment. The focus needs to change in corporate America and our government from flying children on a one-way trip to their final destination.
Instead, the priority must be woman-centered solutions, starting with quality education at every level, supportive school administrators and employers, and responsible fathers.
Additionally, this executive order is blatantly illegal: The Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funds for most abortions as well as “for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.” This includes travel costs.
Women need and deserve resources and support for their unborn babies, instead of being pressured to abort their precious children. To support real solutions to the feminization of poverty, we invite you to visit our helpsite, WomenDeserveBetter.com, now boasting more than 280 articles designed to help women Work, Learn, Live, and Love better.
You can support us and our efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable today or donate a Women Deserve Better Kit to your local pregnancy resource center. Thank you.
Because women — and girls — deserve better,
Serrin M. Foster
Feminists for Life of America
Women Deserve Better
& The American Feminist