By Gina M. Wingood, Catlainn Sionéan, Donna Hubbard McCree (auth.), Gina M. Wingood ScD, MPH, Ralph J. DiClemente PhD (eds.)
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Although the constitutional campaign ultlmately failed, pro-lifers succeeded in 1977 in passing the Hyde Amendment. Introduced by Representative Henry Hyde (R-IL), as an amendment to the Department of Health, 18 ANDREA TONE Education, and Welfare's appropnatlOns bill, the measure banned federal funding for abortions in all cases except where rape or incest had been promptly reported to police or where the mother's life was in danger. Although the 20,000-member National Abortion Rights Action League immediately denounced the restrictive measure as "inhumane and quite possible unconstitutional," the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality in 1981 in Harris v.
Connecticut had done for married couples. " With this ruling, a woman's right to use birth control became the law of the land (Tone, 1997). Roe v. Wade The last legal restrictions on abortion fell a year later with the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade. In 1972, an estimated 2500 American women were having abortions daily, many 17 traveling to New York and California, states that had recently legalized abortion. Others unable to afford to travel were forced to have illegal "back-alley" abortions.
As Pill-related problems from migraine headaches to nausea to strokes made the national news, many feminists portrayed Pill users as unwitting "medical guinea pigs," pawns of a pharmaceutical industry profiting from women's desperate search for effective birth control. Why, they asked, must women unilaterally shoulder the personal and physiological costs of pregnancy prevention? Why weren't there more contraceptives for men? At the same time, several African-American leaders denounced the Pill as a technology of racial genocide and warned that, like sterilization, oral contraceptives were being pushed on women of color to thwart the expansion of the black community.