Today, September 30, marks thirty-seven years since the passage of the Hyde Amendment, the law banning federal Medicaid coverage for abortion. The legislation has particularly dire consequences for poor women and affects many women of color and young women; it effectively eliminates coverage of abortion under Medicaid in all but fifteen states.
Without insurance, abortions can cost an average of $451 in the first trimester, and some can cost more than $3,000. According to the Guttmacher Institute, one in four Medicaid enrollees who want an abortion are unable to access one because they cannot pay for it. When it comes to the most important decisions in life, like whether to become a parent, it's vital that a woman is able to consider all the options available to her, regardless of how little money she has.
Toward that end, reproductive justice advocates recently launched a new campaign to fight abortion coverage bans: All* Above All: United to Restore and Sustain Abortion Coverage for Low-Income Women. The coalition will fight to protect policies in states that do provide vital Medicaid coverage for abortion as well as push for the nationwide repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
All women deserve safe, legal access to abortion. Use the prompts below to write to your local newspapers to spread the word about the new fight for expanded abortion access and the need to repeal the Hyde Amendment. You can use our talking points or add your own. Then, if you can, donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds. While abortion funds cannot entirely fill the gap caused by the denial of Medicaid coverage for abortion, they are vital to ensuring more women are able to access the reproductive healthcare they need.
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