Congress Introduces the EACH Woman Act to Repeal Hyde Amendment

The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act, which would repeal the Hyde Amendment and require federal health insurance to cover abortion costs, was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee and Sen. Tammy Duckworth in both houses of Congress last Tuesday. The Hyde Amendment bans federal funding for abortion with exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or a threat to a woman’s life. The bill, which was originally introduced in 2015, would prohibit federal, state and local governments from passing laws that restrict private health insurance companies from offering abortion care, and restore abortion insurance coverage to the 28 million women who receive health insurance through the federal government and are currently denied coverage for an abortion procedure through the 1976 Hyde Amendment. While the bill has been reintroduced in the House twice before, this is the first time the EACH Woman Act has been introduced in the Senate. Several senators and representatives have already shown support for the bill, including Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Patty Muarray, and Sen. Kamala Harris. Representatives, Jan Schakowsky and Diana DeGette, Pro-Choice Caucus cochair with Rep. Barbara Lee, have also sponsored the bill. “The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed women’s constitutional […]

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