EACH Woman Act Reintroduced
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the EACH Woman Act, alongside Pro-Choice Caucus Chairs Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and 100 other Members of Congress
Lee introduces EACH Woman Act to lift bans on abortion coverage
Washington, D.C. (January 31, 2017) — Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the EACH Woman Act, alongside Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and 100 other Members of Congress. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act would ensure health coverage for abortion for every woman however much she earns or however she is insured. The bill is backed by 82 national and state organizations united under the campaign All* Above All. The introduction comes on the heels of a House vote to make Hyde permanent.
A June 2015 nationwide poll found that a majority of voters would support a bill requiring Medicaid to cover abortion by a margin of 56 percent to 40 percent. Sentiment against the Hyde Amendment is especially strong among Millennials, African Americans, and Latino/as.
“It is unconscionable that women are still denied comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion coverage, because of how much they earn or where they live. The Hyde Amendment discriminates against low-income women and women of color by undermining their constitutional right to access abortion care. That’s why I am proud to lead 103 of my colleagues in re-introducing the EACH Woman Act, which presents our vision for a future in which all women can make their own decisions about pregnancy and parenting,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “The federal government has no place interfering in the personal decisions women make about their bodies by denying health coverage. This bill will forever cement that fact into law.”
“Trump and Paul Ryan’s Congress are obsessed with restricting abortion and they think they can weaken us with a flood of harmful policies, ‘alternative facts,’ and insulting rhetoric. We refuse to dampen our BOLD vision that each of us to should be able to make decisions about abortion without political interference. History is on our side, the American people are on our side, and we’re not going backward,” said Destiny Lopez, co-director of All* Above All. “The EACH Woman Act sends a clear message that we won’t be punished by politicians who want to shame or bully us or deny our coverage.”
“The passage of the EACH Woman Act would stop the terrible wrongs of the Hyde Amendment, which, for 40 years, have fallen hardest on people of color, low-income, and youth,” said Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of National Network of Abortion Funds. “We applaud the bold vision of Representative Lee and the bill’s co-sponsors and we will continue to fund abortion and build power as we work to pass this important bill.”
“It’s critical that a woman is able to consider all her options, and taking away abortion coverage fundamentally takes away her right to make her own decision,” said J. Parker Dockray, MSW, Executive Director of Backline. “Anyone who believes women should have access to the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion, should support the EACH Woman Act.”
“The health and lives of Black women are at stake in a Trump administration, and we are prepared to resist Trump’s anti-Black agenda and work for justice for our communities,” said Marcela Howell, Executive Director, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. “Justice for Black women includes being able to make the important personal decisions that are best or ourselves and our families, and that means putting an end to Hyde.”
The EACH Woman Act ensures that every woman who receives her health care or insurance through the federal government will be covered for all pregnancy related services, including abortion. In addition, it prohibits political interference with decisions by private health insurance companies to offer coverage for abortion care.
Research has demonstrated the impact of the Hyde Amendment on women and families:
- Restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four poor women seeking abortion to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.
- A woman who wants to get an abortion but is denied is more likely to fall into poverty than one who can get an abortion.
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ALL* ABOVE ALL unites organizations and individuals, including 130 partner organizations, to build support for lifting bans that deny abortion coverage. Our vision is to restore public insurance coverage so that every woman, however much she makes, can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it.
Learn more at allaboveall.org and follow our social media at @allaboveall.