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. This restriction primarily withholds abortion coverage from those qualified and enrolled in the Medicaid health insurance program for low-income people, except […]
Abortion coverage bans on public and private insurance: Access to abortion care limited for millions of women
Health insurance is intended to help people cover both preventive and unexpected health costs. Yet federal and state politicians have singled out abortion and placed numerous bans on coverage for this health service within government-sponsored and private health insurance plans. Restrictions on insurance for abortion can have negative impacts for millions of women, especially low-income […]
The Hyde Amendment is a policy with far reaching impacts. It has been shown to contribute to numerous, well-documented harms and takes particular aim at poor women, women of color, and young adults.
H.R. 7, “the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”, is sweeping and deceptively named legislation that would restrict health insurance coverage of abortion for nearly all women in this country and would do significant harm to many women and families, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet. Introduced by anti-choice Rep. Chris Smith […]
In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which, among many other things, provides for the establishment of state-level health care exchanges to assist individuals and small businesses in purchasing a private health insurance plan. Despite the fact that these exchanges will not be operational until 2014, some states […]
The Hyde and Helms Amendments restrict federal funding for legal abortion care here and abroad and unfairly penalize women for being poor. This is a fact sheet comparing these U.S. policies on abortion. Read more at Ipas Reproductive Health
January 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion nationwide. Roe has had a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of American women; abortion is now safer and occurs earlier in pregnancy than ever before. Still, abortion remains the subject of extensive debate in state capitols and among […]