NCJW Welcomes Proposed EACH Woman Act, Would Ensure Abortion Coverage for Millions Now Denied Access
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July 8, 2015, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today welcomed the introduction of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance, or EACH Woman Act, which seeks to remove barriers to abortion coverage. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“NCJW firmly believes that no woman should be denied the health care she needs because of her income, insurance coverage, or any other factor. Yet every year since 1976, members of Congress have attached a rider to the federal budget that bans coverage of nearly all abortions for women who are enrolled in federal health plans or programs. Over time, these bans have been expanded to place legal abortion out of reach of more and more women. The EACH Woman Act would remove these barriers to essential care, ensuring that every woman has the ability to make her own decisions about her body, family, and future without political interference or economic coercion.
“The consequences of not being able to access abortion can be dire. Bans on abortion coverage fall hardest on women of color, who, due to myriad social inequities, are more likely to be enrolled in government insurance programs that restrict abortion coverage and more likely to experience higher rates of unintended pregnancy. Such bans force one in four poor women seeking an abortion to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. A woman denied the abortion she seeks is more likely to fall into poverty than one who gets the care she needs.
“As Jews, members of NCJW believe that every woman must be free to make her own decision about her reproductive health care based on her individual moral, ethical, and religious beliefs. As the Supreme Court said in Roe, a state may not adopt one theory of life and thereby override the right of each woman to make her own decision about a pregnancy. Politicians should not interfere in such personal decisions.
“The struggle to ensure every woman can get the care she needs may well take years to achieve. But the EACH Woman Act is a first step. NCJW will dedicate our efforts to see it become a reality.”