Tell Senators to Support Abortion Coverage
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This week marks 43 years of the Hyde Amendment, and 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 discusses in her recent op-ed "Congress Should Lift Restrictions on Abortion Funds.” as well as Dr. Serena Floyd's op-ed "The Hyde Amendment Puts My Patients at Unnecessary Risk."
Please call your Senators and urge them to work towards eliminating the Hyde Amendment. Several Senators have cosponsored the EACH Woman Act, a bill that would restore insurance coverage for abortion in federal health programs. A list of cosponsors is available here. It is important that senators hear from their constituents on this issue.
PHONE CALL SCRIPT:
I am a physician/constituent from [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.
[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. [If your senator has cosponsored the EACH Woman Act, you can also thank the office for their support of this legislation.]