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Bans on Abortion Coverage in Government-Run Health-Care Programs

For four decades, unable to make abortion illegal again, anti-choice legislators have tried to make the procedure nearly impossible for women to obtain.  One of their most aggressive tactics has been to put abortion services financially out of reach for as many women as possible by banning insurance coverage of abortion services in government health-care programs.   The result is that federal funding of abortion care is prohibited in most cases – some bans do not have any exceptions, while others have exceptions for the life of the woman, rape, or incest. These bans harm women who receive health-care coverage through the government, such as women enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, and the Indian Health Service; U.S. servicewomen and veterans; federal employees; Peace Corps volunteers; low-income women in Washington, D.C.; and others.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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