Author's Note: I have linked several legal and social science annotations I co-authored with another intern during my summer at the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley's School of Law. This particular wing of the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library is part of CRRJ's strategic initiative to repeal Harris v. McRae. The annotations are summaries of legal and social science articles intended to be accessible for a general audience.
From CRRJ's Reproductive Justice Virtual Library's wing on abortion funding bans:
Fully funding abortion is essential to making the abortion right a meaningful reality for people living in poverty. One Supreme Court case standing in the way is Harris v. McRae, which upheld as constitutionally valid the Hyde Amendment's ban on use of federal Medicaid funds for nearly all abortions. Getting the Supreme Court to revisit and reverse its ruling in Harris v. McRae is the goal of one of CRRJ's and If/When/How's long-term strategic initiatives. Correcting the case law is an essential element of a multi-faceted strategy to restore and secure coverage of abortion in public insurance programs, which also includes research, movement building, and state and federal policy advocacy. Replacing this dangerous Supreme Court precedent with a case that declares abortion funding bans unconstitutional would secure abortion coverage in public insurance for the long haul, regardless of future shifts in the political balance of Congress and possible efforts to resurrect Hyde.