The Hyde Amendment, language in annual appropriations bills that denies abortion coverage to those enrolled in federal health programs, represents a major barrier to safe and legal abortion. First passed in 1976, Hyde initially targeted Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP beneficiaries. Today, related restrictions also extend to federal employees and their dependents; Peace Corps volunteers; Native Americans; survivors of human trafficking; and low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act (HR 1692/S 758) would end these dangerous coverage bans. The bill — led by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) — would also bar local, state, and federal political interference in the decisions of private health insurers to offer abortion coverage.
Right now, there are more than 180 co-sponsors in the House and over 20 cosponsors in the Senate for the EACH Woman Act — with only two months left to add cosponsors, we need to show overwhelming support to end the Hyde Amendment. Send a message today urging your lawmakers to cosponsor the EACH Woman Act so every person can make their own faith-informed decision about abortion no matter their income, insurance, or where they live.