UltraViolet Applauds the Senate for Confronting the Dangerous Abortion Coverage Ban by Introducing the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2019

CONTACT: Madison Donzis | madison@unbendablemedia.com

UltraViolet Applauds the Senate for Confronting the Dangerous Abortion Coverage Ban by Introducing the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act

 Washington, D.C. —Today, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee in the House and Sen. Tammy Duckworth in the Senate. If passed, the EACH Woman Act would dismantle restrictions that deny coverage of abortion care in federal government insurance plans, including Medicaid, under the Hyde Amendment. The bill would also help to ensure that federal, state and local governments cannot interfere with the coverage of abortion care in private health insurance plans.

Shaunna Thomas, Executive Director at UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, issued the following statement in response to the bill’s introduction:

“Access to a full range of health care services, including abortion, is a fundamental right and promise that the United States has never fully delivered on for women. Women’s health should not be up for grabs by right-wing politicians who have spent decades pushing extreme abortion coverage bans that have the devastating and intentionalimpact of denying low-income people, women of color, indigenous women, and incarcerated women the ability to make the health care decisions best for them and their families, including the right to choose abortion care. Too many women have have had their lives destroyed by these dangerous policies that the EACH Woman Act would reverse.

“Thanks to the tireless organizing by women of color, the EACH Woman Act has been introduced in the Senate for the first time. This is a historic and critical step to get this essential piece of legislation pushed forward. The EACH Woman Act ends the years of deadly injustice perpetuated by the racist and classist Hyde Amendment by ensuring that everyone, regardless of their zip codes, income levels, or ways in which they are insured, has access to abortion. UltraViolet applauds its introduction and implores lawmakers to support its passage.”

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