Anti-woman legislators introduce sweeping abortion coverage ban, advocates respond

On Friday, January 13th, Rep. Chris Smith, [R-NJ-4] introduced H.R.7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 – legislation to made the Hyde Amendment permanent and interfere with public and private health insurance coverage for abortion.

Destiny Lopez, Co-Director of All* Above All, issued the following statement:

“If anyone was wondering about the priorities of the new anti-woman Congress—they’ve shown their cards. In just two weeks, they’ve already taken steps to dismantle the ACA and take away birth control coverage, defund Planned Parenthood, and now they’ve re-introduced sweeping legislation to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Already, too many women are denied abortion coverage because of how much they earn: HR 7 is cruel and callous legislation that would make these discriminatory bans permanent law. This is all part of the Trump-Pence agenda to punish women.”

Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE), issued the following statement:

“Trump and the new Congress have no mandate to take away our basic rights. In fact, Americans are more supportive than ever of keeping abortion legal, available, and covered by insurance. It’s especially painful to see this bill introduced ahead of the MLK holiday—when we know that Black women are among those hardest hit by bans on abortion coverage.”