Center for Reproductive Rights Supplemental Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, Committee on Ways and Means, United States House of Representatives, March 30, 2011
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) submits the supplemental testimony below in response to issues raised at the hearing before the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures by the testimony of the Joint Committee on Taxation and questions raised by Committee Members.
CRR uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. We envision a world where every woman is free to decide whether and when to have children, where every woman has access to the best reproductive healthcare available, where every woman can exercise her choices without coercion or discrimination. More simply put, we envision a world in which every woman participates with full dignity as an equal member of society.
Restrictions on abortion coverage – such as H.R. 3 – impose real and high costs on women. Current restrictions on insurance coverage for federal employees forced one woman, D.J., to pay thousands of dollars after confronting incredibly difficult circumstances. After terminating a wanted pregnancy because she learned that the fetus had no brain and no chance of survival, she discovered that her federal insurance was barred from covering the procedure. In the midst of her grief, she was handed a $9,000 bill.1 H.R. 3 would inflict that pain on many more women.
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