MARLENE FRIED is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program — a program for reproductive rights education and activism. She is a long-time reproductive rights activist and was the founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She is co-author with Jael Silliman, Loretta Ross and Elena Gutiérrez of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice.
Advocates on both sides of the abortion issue have made sure that the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22 is highly visible. Supporters and opponents use the date to rally their forces. In contrast, September 30, the date in 1976 that federal Medicaid funding for abortion was banned by the Hyde Amendment, has not gained the same attention.