Center for Reproductive Rights Applauds Introduction of EACH Woman Act

EACH Woman Act would restore abortion coverage to millions, regardless of income, insurance plan, or zip code

(STATEMENT)--The Center for Reproductive Rights applauds the introduction of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and in the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). The EACH Woman Act is a bold piece of legislation that would ensure all women have access to health insurance coverage for abortion services, no matter how much money they make, what insurance plan they have, or where they live. 

The EACH Woman Act would put an end to the dangerous and discriminatory Hyde Amendment by restoring abortion coverage for those who receive care or coverage through the federal government. The EACH Woman Act would also prohibit political interference with the private insurance market to prevent insurance companies from providing abortion coverage.

“The Center for Reproductive Rights is proud to support the EACH Woman Act. This legislation would remove a significant, and too often insurmountable, barrier to abortion services that millions of women face throughout the United States,” said Susan Inman, Chief Counsel of Federal Policy & Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights. 

“It is unacceptable that across the country, a woman’s paycheck determines whether she can get the health care she needs when she’s made the decision to end a pregnancy. It’s time for our government to put an end to the discriminatory policies that unjustly target women who are hit hardest by tough economic circumstances, especially young women and women of color.

“We are proud to stand with the co-sponsors of the EACH Woman Act and the committed reproductive health, rights and justice leaders who are fighting for the health and safety of all women across the U.S.”

First enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment currently prohibits women who receive insurance coverage through the federal government from using their coverage to pay for abortion care, except in the extremely limited circumstances. This discriminatory policy has had a severely disproportionate impact on women who already face significant barriers to health care, including low-income women, immigrant women, young women, and women of color.

Since 2011, politicians have enacted more than 400 restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion at the state level, threatening access to care for millions of women. The EACH Woman Act takes us one important step closer to a future in which all women have access to the care they need.