Tell Congress: Oppose Abortion Restrictions in FY 2022 Spending Bills
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Congress will soon consider spending bills for the next fiscal year. Yesterday, the House held a historic hearing on the dangers of the Hyde Amendment, a restrictive abortion coverage provision inserted into annual appropriations bills. Abortion care must be affordable for all. While the EACH Woman Act would end coverage bans, until it passes, it is also essential to advance spending bills free of coverage restrictions.
For over 40 the Hyde Amendment’s has unfairly and unjustly withheld insurance coverage of abortion in Medicaid, impacting millions of people, particularly people of color. This policy has also been extended to Indian Health Services, federal employees, the military, DC residents, and Peace Corps members. It is time for this racist policy to end.
Please call your Representative and urge them to advance spending bills free of abortion restrictions.
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 Representative _______ to oppose abortion restrictions in spending bills.
[As a physician I know] Health insurance 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. Health insurance should cover the full range of health care including contraception, abortion, and childbirth.
During the COVID-19 crisis, attacks on access to abortion have continued. It is unconscionable to use this public health emergency to restrict abortion and with economic uncertainty looming, it is wrong to limit people’s options for pregnancy. Historically these restrictive policies have disproportionately harmed communities of color due to economic and health disparities. As our nation reckons with its shameful history of discrimination, policies like the Hyde Amendment must be rejected.
Please ask Representative _______ to oppose restrictions on abortion in spending bills.