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The recent editorial, "Another Senate stalemate?" (March 17), grossly underestimates the harmful impact that the Hyde Amendment has on women, families and our community as a whole. By denying coverage for abortion care, the Hyde Amendment creates unjust obstacles to accessing much needed heath care — in this case, for pregnant survivors of human trafficking.

Those who support this amendment want us to believe this is fine because Hyde has been in place for so many years and some have been lulled into thinking that it does no harm. But not only is this ban much more expansive than its authors' claim, it puts severe burdens on those who have been trafficked. Human trafficking is a significant problem in Maryland and people who have been trafficked are victims of crime. It is unacceptable to put more barriers on trafficking victims within the very legislation that is intended to help them.

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Equally troubling is that this is part of an ongoing pattern of politicians interfering with personal decision-making. Because they can't make abortion illegal, anti-choice politicians are instead trying to make it more unaffordable and unavailable.

Underplaying the devastating impact of the abortion coverage restrictions to the human trafficking bill is plain wrong. Restrictions on women's health should not be used as a political bargaining chip.

Amber Banks, Silver Spring

The writer is outreach and communications coordinator for NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland.

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