Abortion Isn’t a Luxury. It’s a Right

For more than 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has forced women to pay for abortions ó a human right protected by U.S. law ó out of their own pockets. The provision disproportionately affects low-income women by preventing medical providers from using federal dollars to fund abortion care except in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.

In essence, it labels abortion a luxury instead of a right.

Other state restrictions further limit womenís access to financial assistance in obtaining abortions. The District of Columbia and 34 states mirror federal guidelines, only allowing state funds to be used for abortions in dire circumstances. And 11 states restrict private insurance plansí abortion coverage.

The women most affected by these restrictions are already vulnerable: those covered by Medicaid or Medicare, Native Americans, women in state and federal detention centers and women in immigration detention centers. Additionally, women with limited access to non-government medical care ó such as those serving in the military or the Peace Corps and veterans ó often find it difficult or impossible to access abortion care.

The result of these laws and policies is a catastrophic denial of womenís reproductive rights.

Roughly 1 out of every 4 women who would seek a Medicaid-funded abortion is instead forced to give birth when funding is unavailable. And 51 percent of women enrolled in Medicaid and subject to abortion coverage restrictions are women of color.

In addition to the gross infringement on reproductive rights, restrictions on abortion funding cost taxpayers more. Paying for Medicaid-funded abortions typically is far less expensive than paying for prenatal care, delivery services and welfare.

Itís a lose-lose situation, and itís time for a change.

The EACH Woman Act recently was introduced in both the House and Senate. If passed, the act would undo the restrictions imposed by the Hyde Amendment and other abortion-funding laws and policies to ensure abortion is accessible to every woman.

The EACH Woman Act would guarantee that every woman who receives medical insurance or care through the federal government would have coverage for abortion services. It also would stop the government from intervening with private insurance to prevent abortion coverage.

Abortion is not a luxury; itís a right. Itís time for Congress to start protecting womenís access instead of restricting it.

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Sign and share this petition urging Congress to pass the EACH Woman Act, so all women, regardless of economic circumstances, have access to abortion care.

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64 comments

Alice L
Alice L3 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Ellie L
Ellie L7 days ago

Thank you

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Karen H
Karen H12 days ago

"Luxury" is defined as the state of great comfort and extravagant living. Abortion is neither of those things. Unless you've been in a situation where you've considered abortion, you have no idea what it's like.

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Marija M
Marija M15 days ago

tks for posting

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Leo C
Leo Custer16 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Amparo Fabiana Chepote
Amparo Fabiana C18 days ago

Keep fighting for your right young women.

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill18 days ago

thanks

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld19 days ago

Debbie,
True, but so is obesity. Liposuction is not covered. Most elective surgery is not.

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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe19 days ago

An abortion is a medical condition, just like any other medical condition and it should be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

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.20 days ago

The elite and rich see abortion as a population control especially for blacks so that the elite and rich children can enjoy the limited resources, meanwhile Brunei and 5 other muslim countries that kill gays say that God told them to do it

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