Twenty-three states have passed laws barring abortion coverage from insurance plans within state health exchanges. What has largely gone unnoticed is that many of these policies emanate from Americans United for Life, a little-known group that regularly has access to conservative lawmakers at the annual ALEC conferences.
“It’s just a fake front issue to talk about abortion,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of HR 7, the anti-choice bill passed just hours before Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “What they’re really talking about is contraception, family planning, the judgment of women.”
Let’s go behind the statistics—behind the political rhetoric—to talk about the real impact of restrictions on abortion and bans on coverage.
Speaking in the Rules Committee, Rep. Alcee Hastings said, “I think men ought to butt out of this subject, and be about the business of respecting women and their rights.”
Forty-one years since Roe v. Wade, the question is: Will the Roberts Court do to Roe and abortion rights what it did to health-care reform and keep just enough of it intact to call it legal, while rendering it nearly impossible to obtain?
The bill marked up today has next to no chance of passing the Senate in this session, but that doesn’t mean House passage poses no threat.
Unlike their counterparts in other industrialized countries, abortion providers in the United States don’t simply perform abortions. Because of all the ramifications of the abortion wars in this country, U.S. providers have become de facto social workers, fundraisers, and travel agents, to name just a few of their ancillary roles.
All Above All, a campaign made up of 28 reproductive and social justice organizations, sent 125 delegates from more than 20 states to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lobby for lifting bans on federal funding of abortions.
Abortion funds are critical because they help bridge the gap left by the Hyde Amendment and enable access to abortion for those who are financially denied their right to choose.
On Wednesday, after many years spent on the defensive in the “war on women,” advocates took to Capitol Hill in two simultaneous efforts to protect and advance the health and rights of women and girls in the United States.