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senate Bill S. 758

Should Federal Tax Dollars Fund Abortions?

Argument in favor

Abortion coverage for women who receive their health coverage from the federal government is a matter of public health and reproductive rights. Blocking federal funding for abortion disproportionately hurts low-income and minority women as well as women in D.C., the military and the Peace Corps.

Cyndi's Opinion
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06/07/2019
Abortions still take place even when it’s illegal. The only difference is safety. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade , women of means will still be getting safe abortions. Women who are poor, minorities, rape survivors, abused and very young will be at highest risk for botched abortions. These are the very people our government should be helping the most.
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IllWill's Opinion
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06/07/2019
The Hyde amendment needs to be repealed! The reproductive rights of women is a matter of societal health, therefore the government should fund it!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/07/2019
Healthcare is healthcare. “Don’t wanna pay for murder” 🤣🤣🙄 Me either. We should stop electing warmongering psychos, stop the four unauthorized wars, and quit fueling the Yemen genocide. 6 kids have died in the ICE concentration camps. We pay for lots of murder, and abortion ain’t any of it.
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Argument opposed

Preventing federal dollars’ use for abortion funding is an important free speech protection for those who oppose abortion on religious or personal grounds. Using taxpayer money to fund abortion would necessarily mean that all Americans, regardless of personal beliefs, would be involved in enabling abortion — violating abortion opponents’ free speech rights.

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06/07/2019
If you want the government to stay out of your decision to have a baby or not then why do you want the government to pay for you to kill your baby? Also, FYI the government doesn’t pay for it, the tax payers do, so no, don’t make me pay for you to kill your baby because you made a bad decision to have unprotected sex.
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Kelly's Opinion
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06/07/2019
I do not support tax payer funded abortions.
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Cherie65's Opinion
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06/07/2019
I'd like to know what everyone thinks that Obama signed an executive order to keep the Hyde Amendment in Obamacare, Telling you don't bring THAT up.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedMarch 12th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 758?

This bill — the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2019 — would provide abortion coverage to people who get their coverage or care through Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs such as government-sponsored employee health plans. It’d also prohibit states and the federal government from interfering in private insurance coverage of abortion, including in the health insurance marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Specifically, this bill would:

  • Require federal health insurance programs, including Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to provide coverage for abortion services;
  • Provide abortion coverage for low-income women in the District of Columbia;
  • Ensure coverage of abortion care for federal employees, women in the military, military dependents and women in the Peace Corps;
  • Ensure that women receiving health care services via the Indian Health Service (IHS), Federal Bureau of Prisons, or the Veterans Health Administration (VA) have access to abortion care; and
  • Prohibit state or local governments from restricting coverage of abortion by private health insurance plans.

Impact

Women; women seeking abortions; women who receive federally-funded health services; low-income women in the District of Columbia seeking abortions; Medicare; Medicaid; CHIP; female federal employees; women in the military; military dependents; women in the Peace Corps; women receiving IHS health services; women receiving health services from the Federal Bureau of Prisons; women receiving health services from the VA; and state and local governments’ attempts to restrict private health insurance plans’ coverage of abortions.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 758

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced this bill to protect women’s constitutionally-guaranteed rights to reproductive healthcare and ensure access to care for all women, regardless of income, race or location in the country:

“The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed women’s constitutional right to make their own reproductive decisions, making clear that the government has no place getting in between women and their doctors. But for decades, conservative lawmakers have worked to whittle down that constitutionally-protected right to the point where it’s now effectively inaccessible for low-income women who rely on Medicaid, for female servicemembers and for millions more women nationwide. The Supreme Court didn’t protect these rights only for wealthy women, and they didn’t say only for women who live in certain states. That kind of discrimination is not right, not fair and it’s certainly not equal—so I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing the EACH Woman Act so that every woman in this country has equal access to her constitutionally-protected rights, no matter her income, her race or her zip code.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), sponsor of this bill’s House companion and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, argues that abortion is a necessary aspect of full reproductive health care:

“No woman should be denied the full spectrum of reproductive health care because of her zip code or income level – yet that is the reality for too many low-income women and women of color. The EACH Woman Act ensures that every woman is empowered to make critical decisions about her own pregnancy – and has coverage for all pregnancy-related health care, including abortion – regardless of her financial situation. I am proud to reintroduce this bill with the support of my colleagues and the trailblazing women leading the fight for reproductive justice around the country.”

The National Partnership for Women & Families supports this bill. In a fact sheet, it says:

“The ability to decide if and when to have a child is inextricably bound to a woman’s ability to support herself and her family, especially for a woman who already lives at the edge of or in poverty. Restrictions on abortion coverage target and harm women struggling to make ends meet. Research shows that approximately one in four Medicaid-eligible women with an unintended pregnancy is forced to carry that pregnancy to term because of restrictions on Medicaid funding for abortion. Studies have also shown that women who are denied an abortion are more likely to struggle financially and more likely to receive public assistance after being denied an abortion. Women denied an abortion have three times greater odds of ending up below the federal poverty line compared to women who are able to obtain abortion care.”

In 2017, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) argued that banning federal funding for abortion access is needed “to protect the conscience rights of pro-life citizens” who don’t want their tax dollars to fund abortion. The ACLJ argued that while abortion advocates argue abortion is a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor, using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions would make “every American… involved in abortions through the use of our tax dollars.” The ACLJ concludes, “Taxpayer money may be used for things various Americans disagree with all the time, but… questions of ending a vulnerable human life are something different altogether.”

While House Democratic leadership could bring this bill to a floor vote, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) certainly won’t bring it to a floor vote in the Senate. Republicans have perennially attempted to make the Hyde Amendment a permanent law, although they’ve consistently failed to meet the Senate’s 60-vote supermajority requirement for most controversial legislation.

This bill has 19 Senate cosponsors, including 18 Democrats and one Independent, in the 116th Congress. Its House companion bill, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), has 126 House cosponsors, including 125 Democrats and one Republican, in the 116th Congress. Both bills have yet to receive committee votes.

In the 115th Congress, this bill was sponsored by Rep. Lee with the support of 137 Democratic House cosponsors and didn’t receive a committee vote. This bill was first introduced in the 114th Congress, when Rep. Lee introduced it with 129 Democratic cosponsors’ support and it didn’t receive a committee vote.

This bill has the support of 85 national and state reproductive health, rights and justice organizations united under the “All* Above All campaign” as well as the National Partnership for Women & Families, Guttmacher Institute, Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, Center for American Progress, UltraViolet and Physicians for Reproductive Health.


Of NoteThe 1976 Hyde Amendment currently bars the use of federal dollars for abortion coverage (except in the extremely limited cases of rape, incest or life endangerment) for people insured by Medicaid, the main public health insurance program for low-income people in the United States (covering one in six American women of reproductive age), as well as people with disabilities insured through Medicare. In total, 28 million women who receive health insurance through the federal government are currently unable to receive federally-subsidized abortions because of the Hyde Amendment, so some state Medicaid programs provide the funding.

Since the Hyde Amendment’s passage, Hyde-like funding restrictions on abortion have been expanded to apply to women enrolled in Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as women in the military, women in federal prisons, Native American women, women in the Peace Corps and low-income women in the District of Columbia.

Additionally, state legislatures have imposed their own expansions of the Hyde Amendment. From 2010 to March 2019, 26 states banned abortion coverage in plans offered through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace; 22 states passed bans on coverage for abortion for state public employees; and 11 states banned private insurance plans from covering abortion care. In total, politicians have enacted over 400 restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion at the state level over the period 2011-2019.

The Hyde Amendment has historically had bipartisan support in Congress, routinely passing during the annual appropriations process without much challenge. Since the Hyde Amendment’s passage in 1976, presidents from each major political party have held office and supported it: President Carter supported the Hyde Amendment as it faced legal challenges all the way to the Supreme Court; Presidents Reagan and Bush supported it from 1981 to 1993; although President Bill Clinton campaigned against it in 1992, he continued to sign a slightly modified version of the Hyde Amendment into law each year that allowed for taxpayer funding to be used for abortions through Medicaid funding in cases of rape and incest; President George W. Bush supported the Hyde Amendment for both of his terms; and the Obama administration enshrined the Hyde Amendment enshrined the Hyde Amendment in Executive Order 13535, which establishes “an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered), consistent with a longstanding Federal statutory restriction that is commonly known as the Hyde Amendment.”

The ban on federal funds for abortion coverage forces women on federal health insurance plans to pay out of pocket costs in the hundreds of dollars when the procedure isn’t covered by their state’s Medicaid plan. Additionally, as the cost of an abortion increases over time, the Guttmacher Institute reports that these high out of pocket costs can trap women in “a cruel cycle in which the delays associated with raising the money to pay for an abortion lead to additional costs and delays.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every woman, and for other purposes.

    Abortions still take place even when it’s illegal. The only difference is safety. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade , women of means will still be getting safe abortions. Women who are poor, minorities, rape survivors, abused and very young will be at highest risk for botched abortions. These are the very people our government should be helping the most.
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    If you want the government to stay out of your decision to have a baby or not then why do you want the government to pay for you to kill your baby? Also, FYI the government doesn’t pay for it, the tax payers do, so no, don’t make me pay for you to kill your baby because you made a bad decision to have unprotected sex.
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    The Hyde amendment needs to be repealed! The reproductive rights of women is a matter of societal health, therefore the government should fund it!
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    Healthcare is healthcare. “Don’t wanna pay for murder” 🤣🤣🙄 Me either. We should stop electing warmongering psychos, stop the four unauthorized wars, and quit fueling the Yemen genocide. 6 kids have died in the ICE concentration camps. We pay for lots of murder, and abortion ain’t any of it.
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    I do not support tax payer funded abortions.
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    I am 72 years old and have been fighting for abortion rights since I was 19. If anything, I see even more clearly now that a legal alternative to the “coat hanger” abortion is needed.
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    The government does not decide what women do with their lives. But what the government should do is provide a single-payer healthcare system. Abortion is healthcare; therefore, it would fall under that healthcare system and be covered by taxes.
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    I'd like to know what everyone thinks that Obama signed an executive order to keep the Hyde Amendment in Obamacare, Telling you don't bring THAT up.
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    Birth control and abortions need to be fully funded or the only people that will be able to afford either will be rich women. You need to trust women, it’s our body and our choice. Or start a mandatory vasectomy program since that’s easily reversible .
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    Abortions are healthcare. To the extent that the federal government funds healthcare, abortions should be covered. We👏Are👏 Not👏A👏Theocracy👏 Our laws are not driven by pre-scientific religious claptrap.
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    Mathew 7 for all the Bible bashers. You may not like it just as many people do not like spending trillions on defense contractors or funding corporate tax breaks at the expense of the taxpayer but we should not be intervening in a matter of healthcare that should be between the woman, partner, doctor and her “god”.
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    Assuming we all agree men & women are equal, then yes. There are no exclusions for any male only health needs, so why would there be any for women?
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    Many women in my family have died in childbirth or become disabled from a pregnancy. We also have had several fetal abnormalities that required an abortion. This should be covered by healthcare
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    Abortions fall under healthcare, and the government should definitely use taxes to fund this. Abortion should remain a right for women, and this bill provides this service to women using taxes. I support this bill.
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    This is a healthcare issue for disenfranchised women. It is not a moral or religious issue. If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one. Any restriction on abortion is endangering those most at risk.
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    If federal dollars fund other medical procedures, then it should fund abortion. Stop getting righteous about other people’s medical decisions.
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    We are told time and again, abortion is a choice. The money is “Pro Choice”. I shouldn’t have to pay for your choice.
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    Not allowing federal funds to be used for abortions unfairly penalized women of color and poor women. The full federal funding of ALL aspects of women’s health care would make it possible to bring the levels of poor healthy babies and moms of color closer to the levels experienced among white middle-class and working white and wealthier moms and babies. It’s about equity and fairness, and the woman’s right to decide in consultation with her physician what is best for her. Please vote to end this law which imbedded inequality into our healthcare system!
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    Reproductive Rights are Human Rights But Abortion’s Are Murder. Do l support the Senator Harris “Reproductive Rights Act”.... Heck NO. NO Way do I recommend or support passage of the Senator Harris Evil 🦹‍♀️ “Reproductive Rights Act” which is nothing more than the advancement of the Democrats and Senator Harris’s desire of using abortions killing the human fetus from conception to now the conduct of “Live Birth” abortions. HERE’S HOW SENATOR HARRIS WANTS IT TO BE DONE ✅ * States and localities with a history of unconstitutionally restricting access to abortion will be required to pre-clear any new law or practice with the Department of Justice. *   No abortion law or practice will take effect until the Department of Justice certifies it comports with Roe v. Wade. * Guardrails will ensure DOJ enforces the law even under an administration that’s hostile to women’s rights—and patients and providers will have standing to sue if they don’t. This is just one way Harris will fight back against the all-out assault being waged on women’s health and reproductive rights. She’ll also wants to continuing in the protection of Planned Parenthood from Republican attempts to defund abortion health services, * And nominate judges who respect Roe v. Wade, * And fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment, * And reverse the Trump Administration’s illegal attempts to cut evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants, * And immediately roll back dangerous and discriminatory rules the Administration put in place to limit access to contraception and safe abortion in the United States and around the world. For me abortions are evil 👿 except for the cases of rape, incest, or health concerns for the mother. SneakyPete..... 👿👎🏻Abortions👿👎🏻. 6*7*19..... SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻ABOTIONS👎🏻👎🏻. 6.7.19.....
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    Should federal dollars go to shoot babies? Of course not, that would be murder.
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