EACH WOMAN ACT OF 2019

What is S. 758, the EACH Woman Act of 2019?

Introduced by Senator Duckworth in March of 2019, S. 758, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2019, will ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every person, regardless of gender, even though the act itself contains the word women. This piece of legislation will lift the discriminatory Hyde Amendment and restore insurance coverage of abortion for people enrolled in Medicaid and other federal programs. It will also prohibit states and the federal government from interfering in private insurance coverage of abortions, including in the health insurance marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Why do we need the EACH Woman Act of 2019?

Reproductive health care is under attack with increasing numbers of abortion restrictions and laws constraining access to reproductive health care such as:

  • State regulations that create barriers to care

  • Blockades of health care facilities and associated violence.

  • Prohibitions of and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortions.

  • Restrictions which both stigmatize and shame women who seek abortion services.

  • Medically unnecessary regulations that do not provide any health benefits or further the safety of abortion services.

These abortion-specific restrictions especially harm low-income women, women of color, immigrants, young people, and women living in rural and other medically underserved areas.


Many abortion-specific restrictions do not bring any health benefits to the patient and instead restrict the women’s personal and private medical decisions to end their pregnancies by making the access to abortion services more expensive, difficult, and invasive, which forces women to travel significant distances and make many unnecessary visits to their health care providers. 
 

The Hyde Amendment currently bars the use of federal dollars for abortion coverage, except in the cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment, for people insured by Medicaid. Medicaid is the main public health insurance program for low-income people and people with disabilities insured through Medicare in the United States. Because of social and economic inequality due to systematic racism and discrimination, women of color are disproportionately likely to be insured through Medicaid, and therefore more likely to be the subjects of the Hyde Amendment’s ban on abortion coverage. About half of the 7.3 million U.S. women potentially affected by the Hyde Amendment are women of color.
 

There are similar restrictions that apply to millions of other people who obtain their health care or coverage through the federal government. 
 

The people who are denied insurance coverage of abortions can face significant barriers to timely and affordable care. People struggling to pay for abortion care also report diverting money from urgent needs such as paying rent, utilities, and feeding their family.

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What can I do to take action to get this passed?

Call Your Senators. We need to garner more support in the Senate so that we can pass this. Use your power as a constituent to sway their support! Find your Senators and their numbers here!

Here is a sample script to use when calling your Senator: I am a constituent as well as a member of Generation Ratify, the youth-led movement to support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality. I am calling you about S. 758, the EACH Woman Act of 2019.

This bill will ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every woman. This piece of legislation will lift the discriminatory Hyde Amendment and restore insurance coverage of abortion for people enrolled in Medicaid and other federal programs. It will also prohibit states and the federal government from interfering in private insurance coverage of abortions, including in the health insurance marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

Reproductive health care is under attack with increasing numbers of abortion restrictions and laws constraining access to reproductive health care. People who are denied insurance coverage of abortions can face significant barriers to timely and affordable care. People struggling to pay for abortion care also report diverting money from urgent needs such as paying rent, utilities, and feeding their family. This problem is especially true for Women of Color. We need to take action to protect these vital services.
 

I urge the Senator to support S. 758. Thank you and have a good day.  

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