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.
How does the Hyde Amendment restrict insurance coverage of abortion care? Issued September 2020 The Hyde Amendment is a policy that bans the use of federal funds to pay for abortion care except when a pregnancy endangers the life of the pregnant person, or when it results from rape or incest.1 Since 1976 Congress has … Continued
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.
We fund and provide abortion. Together, we’re united to end policies that ban insurance coverage for people we serve. One of us funds abortion care. The other provides abortion care. Our work may be different in practice, but together, we ensure Texans who need abortion are supported in their decisions and can get the care … Continued
For all of us who fight for reproductive justice, September has been a punch to the gut. In one week alone, we learned of hysterectomies forced on immigrant women in ICE detention; we confronted the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and watched conservatives nakedly work to consolidate power by ramming through a Supreme Court nomination.
As a Black woman, I’ve spent much of this year watching my own people suffer. Black women are grieving the loss of their fathers, mothers, and children in mounting numbers because of COVID-19. Black women are facing catastrophic job losses due to the pandemic. And we continue to watch our fathers, sons, brothers and daughters die at the hands of … Continued