Tell Senators to Support the EACH Woman Act
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As the year comes to a close, we'd like to you to participate in a community wide action this week by calling your Senators and asking them to sign on to the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, known as the EACH Woman Act. The EACH Woman Act is a bill that would restore insurance coverage for abortion in federal health programs thereby lifting bans on abortion coverage imposed by the Hyde Amendment. This year marked the 43rd year of the harmful implementation of the Hyde Amendment, an unjust and unfair policy that impacts millions of low-income people by withholding insurance coverage of abortion in Medicaid. The policy has also been extended to Indian Health Services, federal employees, the military, DC residents, and members of the Peace Corps, as Dr. Connie Liu discussed in her op-ed earlier this fall "Congress Should Lift Restrictions on Abortion Funds.”
This year, the EACH Woman Act has the support of 171 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 23 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate, and this is where we need your help! Please call your Senators and urge them to work towards eliminating the Hyde Amendment. A list of Senate co-sponsors is available here. In a year where access has faced unprecedented attacks, it is important that Senators hear from their constituents on this issue.
PHONE CALL SCRIPT:
I am a physician/constituent form [your state] and an advocate/supporter with Physicians for Reproductive Health. I am calling to urge Senator __________ to oppose insurance restrictions on abortion such as the Hyde Amendment by signing on to the EACH Woman Act.
[As a physician I know] Health insurance coverage is critical to a person’s health and well-being. Each of us should be able to live, work, and make decisions about our health and our futures with dignity and economic security. No one should be denied coverage for abortion just because they’re struggling to make ends meet. Health insurance should cover the full range of health care including birth control, abortion, and childbirth. When a woman wants to get an abortion but is denied, she is more likely to fall into poverty, less likely to have a full-time job, and twice as likely to experience domestic violence.
Please ask Senator ______ to oppose health insurance restrictions on abortion by supporting the EACH Woman Act. [If your senator has cosponsored the EACH Woman Act, you can also thank the office for their support of this legislation.]