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.
To say abortion is stigmatized in this country is to state the obvious. But we have a special brand of taboo that we foist atop even that stigma, which is the taboo of having someone else pay for a service you need – especially if it’s an abortion. Yet while abortion may be legal, but if you cannot afford it, it’s inaccessible.
Five years after Mexico City decriminalized first-trimester abortion, the MARIA Fund helps women from other parts of Mexico to access safe abortion care. You can help them.
Even in New York and the 16 other states that provide Medicaid coverage for abortion, thousands of low-income women fall between the cracks. Many women may be too poor to pay for abortion procedures, but they are uninsured or not poor enough to obtain public health insurance coverage like Medicaid.
Subject: Do you know of any resources for this woman?
“This woman,” who has no car, lives in a South Dakota town a 12-hour round trip drive from the nearest abortion provider.
It’s not even 10:00 a.m. at Philadelphia’s abortion fund and I’m already overwhelmed. But the counselors are cheerful, eager to do what they can for low-income women who can’t afford abortions in southeastern Pennsylvania.
When the recession hit in November, abortion and vasectomy rates rose significantly.
It’s clear the recession is having a disproportionate impact on the women abortion funds serve. Our intake forms are filled with women saying they have lost their jobs, been evicted, or are living on the streets.
Family Research Council members convinced a New Jersey hotel to stop offering discounted room rates to women coming to the state seeking abortion care. Is cutting off assistance for lodging and travel for women seeking abortion care the best way to help or simply a low-blow to women in vulnerable circumstances?