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September 4, 1981

The Hyde Amendment in ActionHow Did the Restriction of Federal Funds for Abortion Affect Low-Income Women?

JAMA. 1981;246(10):1109-1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320100045028

In August 1977 the Hyde Amendment, which restricts the use of federal funds for abortion, was implemented; it remained in operation during the next 2% years. During this interval, the Hyde Amendment was effective in nearly eliminating federally financed abortions. However, an estimated 94% of pregnant, low-income women "at risk" obtained a legal abortion, 65% with state funds and 29% with other sources of funding. About 5% of low-income women continued their pregnancies to term, while only an estimated 1% resorted to illegal abortion. These results are contrary to the predictions of both "pro-life" and "pro-choice" advocacy groups.

(JAMA 1981;246:1109-1112)