EACH Woman Act
In 2019, Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Diana DeGette (D-CO), and U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced the EACH Woman Act (HR 1692 and S 758). This bill ensures coverage for abortion for every woman, however much she earns or however she is insured.
For too long, politicians have interfered in our health decisions by banning insurance coverage for abortion care, and polling shows that a majority of voters agree.
The EACH Woman Act is our vision and our message to the Trump-Pence administration: we are fighting for a future where our families can thrive, which includes making our own decisions about pregnancy and parenting.
The EACH Woman Act:
- Ensures that anyone who gets care or insurance through the federal government will be covered for all pregnancy-related care, including abortion.
- Prohibits federal, state, and local political interference with decisions of private health insurance companies.
Groundbreaking legislation for reproductive justice, the EACH Woman Act would reverse the Hyde Amendment and related abortion coverage restrictions.
The Hyde Amendment is language in the yearly Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (often shortened to Labor-H or LHHS) appropriations legislation that bars programs in these agencies from covering abortion.
Dear Editor, While abortion has been legal the U.S. thanks to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, abortion care remains effectively out of reach for too many people. The reason? The Hyde Amendment, first passed in 1976, bans coverage of abortion for women enrolled in Medicaid health insurance. And, the Trump administration and his … Continued
There also remains the problem of how people will pay for abortions during an unprecedented economic crisis. According to Kelsey Ryland, director of federal strategies at All* Above All, an abortion-rights activism group, the largest burden will fall once again on low-income people who rely on Medicaid for their health insurance.