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Julie

We were told our two options: we could terminate the pregnancy or carry the baby to term and see what happened. I asked point blank about the chances of a miracle. They had no optimistic outcome to share with us.

Jeni, 34

At almost 21 weeks, Scott and I went to our appointment with the specialist. The sonogram operator asked us to be quiet, immediately changing the mood of the room.

Abortion is common, safe, and legal health care in the United States. So if you have health insurance, you would probably expect your plan to cover it. That used to be true—up to 87% of insurance plans once covered abortion care. Unfortunately, getting this coverage is becoming more difficult. Why? Anti-choice politicians have passed laws that make it harder or even impossible to get this coverage.

The Challenge

Across the country, anti-choice legislators have passed laws to ban or limit insurance coverage for abortion care.

  • Some state laws prohibit coverage in insurance plans that participate in the health-care exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Other state laws even block private insurance plans from covering abortion care. Some of these laws say that insurance companies can create separate plans that just cover abortion. But there's no evidence that these insurance policies exist.
  • Anti-choice members of Congress are also attacking insurance coverage for abortion, which would affect everyone in the country. In 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, which would have far-reaching consequences. Learn more about H.R. 7 here >>
  • People who receive health insurance through the government only have coverage for abortion in a few extreme cases. Who’s affected? Government employees, members of the military, those who rely on Medicaid, and more.

Our Solution

Insurance plans should cover abortion care just like they do any other health care. We'll continue to work with pro-choice activists to stop these abortion coverage bans. And this is another reason pro-choice people need to vote their values at the polls.



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