Many of course have disagreed with the Hyde Amendment, as they criticize that it not only targets low-income women, but also takes away women’s liberties. Some argue that Hyde Amendment “…is cruel and ultimately self-defeating for governments to interfere with women 's decision-making. Rather than coercing poor women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, we should focus on supporting all of a woman 's pregnancy decisions by empowering poor and low-income women to prevent unintended pregnancy through access to high-quality contraceptives” (Tennant). Therefore, when ACA first announced they would cover contraceptives, numerous pro-choice felt they had won a huge victory.
In spite of covering contraceptives, the ACA still upheld the Hyde Amendment, meaning that abortions would be mainly paid for by pocket. Under normal circumstances, this would be no problem, but with some states issuing legislation requiring those seeking abortion to have insurance, there is a dead end. Even those who do have private insurance have faced many obstacles, as most private insurance companies do not cover abortion or states have strict limitations, which still makes them pay out of