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Tell Congress to Repeal the Anti-Choice Gag Rule on AmeriCorps

If a woman seeking abortion care goes to a health care center staffed by AmeriCorps volunteers, AmeriCorps volunteers are prevented—by law—from providing full information about her reproductive health care options.

End the House Special Committee Attacking Planned Parenthood

Exposing people involved in fetal tissue research to harassment and intimidation is not just wrong. It's dangerous and irresponsible. Tell Rep. Marsha Blackburn to dismantle her committee attacking women's health.

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Supreme Court Case: Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case that could redefine abortion access for decades to come. The case, known as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, is a challenge to Texas' notorious TRAP law, H.B.2. Learn More »

What are bans on insurance coverage for abortion, and how do they restrict women's privacy and choices?

Anti-choice state and federal legislators have enacted laws that prohibit insurance companies from covering abortion services or require women to purchase a separate policy and pay an extra premium to receive abortion coverage. Offering women the “option” to pay extra for supplemental abortion coverage, often known as a rider, is a false promise because no one plans for an unplanned pregnancy, and furthermore, there is no evidence that such separate abortion policies exist. These prohibitions can be especially damaging because their existence often isn’t known until a woman needs coverage that she assumes is already included in her health plan.

Current State Measures

29 states prohibit insurance plans from covering abortion services for all or some residents of the state: AL, AZ, AR, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WI.

  • 11 states prohibit abortion coverage in the entire private insurance market: ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NE, ND, OK, RI, UT.
  • 23 states expressly prohibit abortion coverage in state insurance exchanges: AL, AZ, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WI.
  • 17 states prohibit abortion coverage for public employees: AZ, AR, CO, IL, KS, KY, GA, MA, MI, MS, NE, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, VA.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

1 state enacted 1 measure prohibiting abortion coverage in the entire private insurance market: IN.

1 state enacted 1 measure prohibiting abortion coverage in its state insurance exchange: GA.

1 state enacted 1 meausre prohibiting abortion coverage for public employees: GA.


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