A provision that would force abortion providers to tell patients medication abortions can be reversed will not be enforced while a lawsuit challenging the requirement’s constitutionality proceeds.
Anti-choice legislators, following days of infighting between mainstream Texas Republican lawmakers and Tea Partiers, missed a key Tuesday night deadline to approve a bill that would have banned abortion care coverage in insurance plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act.
A California assembly committee last week killed a GOP bill that would have allowed insurance companies to exclude abortion coverage from plans for any reason and without penalty.
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
Abortions already won’t be covered, but one lawmaker wants to be really, really sure.
Connecticut will allow abortion coverage in their state’s federal insurance plan.
Even if the Affordable Care Act stays in place, Republicans already found a way to make women pay more.
The law would be a first in the nation to require insurance coverage of abortion.
Women’s groups are clear: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is critical to women’s health and health care access. From eliminating pre-existing conditions as a way to prohibit coverage to ensuring access to preventive health care, the health reform law is crucial to women’s health. Still, anti-choice Republicans are using it as a way to attack reproductive rights.
Kansas lawmakers propose removing abortion from even private insurance coverage as a movement to remove elective abortions as a benefit starts to gain steam.