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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

30 Years

Today marks thirty years since Rosaura “Rosie” Jiménez died, she is the first known victim of the Hyde Amendment in the United States.

What is the Hyde Amendment you ask? It was the first real victory for the anti's in cutting off abortion as a health care option to the millions of poor women in this country. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is co-sponsor of a year old campaign to end the Hyde Amendement.

The Hyde Amendment particularly affects low-income women and women of color. Abortion is an important option for Latinas, research shows that they represent 17-20% of women having abortions. Approximately 25% of pregnancies among Latinas end in abortion, compared to 18% of white women.

Despite what the opposition may think, Rosie is a prime example that women will seek out abortion services if that is what they want. Keeping legal clinics out will not end abortion, it will only make women drive farther, wait longer, or seek out unsafe abortions.

Rosie Jimenez: A single mother with a 5-year-old daughter, Rosie Jimenez of McAllen, Texas, was a scholarship student six months away from her teaching credential. She was the first known victim of the Hyde Amendment, which cut off Medicaid funding for abortion to women on public assistance — women who by the government's own definition cannot afford health care. Too poor to pay for the procedure at a private clinic, she died in agony from a botched illegal abortion. [link]

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Blogger jovan said...

And Rosie isn't the only victim. There are hundreds of thousands of victims of this atrocious law named after the now-retired Congressman Henry Hyde in your home state.

Perhaps the most tragic victim of the antis jihad happens to have been in neighboring Indiana. Becky Bell was just 17 years of age when she died in 1988 because of the anti-choice laws in the Hoosier State.

This is why we need to 86 the Hyde Amendment and every other anti-choice law in this nation by any means necessary. Putting laws on women's bodies have resulted in fatalities and other permanent scars 100% of the time.

October 3, 2007 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous monique said...

I want to say many people have posted on the interent that my mother went to mexico to perform the abortion, she did not it was done in McAllen by a midwife that used unsteriled tools on her.

January 30, 2008 at 2:30 PM  

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