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Does Your Insurance Cover Abortion?

By Rebecca Grant

In September 1977, a 27-year-old woman named Rosie Jimenez died from an illegal abortion in McAllen, Texas. Her insurance, Medicaid, no longer reimbursed abortions and she didn’t have the money to pay for a legal the procedure out of pocket. Bereft of options, the student and single mother visited a local midwife who performed a “back alley” abortion at a fraction of the price. A few days later, Jimenez began hemorrhaging and vomiting due to a bacterial infection in her uterus. After seven days in intensive care at McAllen General Hospital, she died from organ failure and became known as “first victim of the Hyde Amendment.”

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