The Hyde Amendment, language in annual appropriations bills that denies abortion coverage to women 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. Urge your lawmakers to cosponsor the EACH Woman Act so every woman can make her own faith-informed decision about abortion no matter her income, insurance, or where she lives.