TAKE ACTION! It’s not too late to make your voices heard. Tell Congress not to enact healthcare reform that reduces access to reproductive healthcare for women.
Three key facts:
- A majority of private health insurance plans now provide coverage for abortion services.
- One in 3 women will have an abortion within her lifetime.
- Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures.
Under the Stupak-Pitts abortion ban, which passed the House in the health reform bill, women would not be covered for abortions in the new health insurance market despite spending their own money to purchase coverage.
And women who opt into the more affordable public option would be banned from getting coverage for abortion services, even if their own money was used to buy insurance.
With Stupak-Pitts, it would be much harder—and perhaps impossible—for private insurance companies to offer abortion coverage for plans under health reform
More recently, a “compromise” was reached in the Senate to grant Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) the discrimnatory measures against abortion coverage he needed to secure a 60th vote. The new language would require women to pay separately for abortion coverage, include lop-sided provisions that would protect only those who refuse to provide abortions from discrimination, and invite states to impose further deep restrictions on coverage.
The same politicians who oppose healthcare reform because it is “big government” now want to dictate the terms of women’s healthcare coverage.