health care reform

January 10th, 2014

Stop HR7!

Every year, politicians in Congress use our nation’s budget process to deny coverage of abortion for women who get their insurance or health care through the federal government.

Now some politicians want to make those restrictions even harsher – and permanent – through HR 7, the so-called "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

HR 7 would permanently codify the punitive Hyde Amendment that denies Medicaid-eligible women their right to an abortion and withhold all federal insurance coverage of abortion, putting it out of reach for many. Denying Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four poor women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, All Above All, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, TakeAction, unfair laws

October 1st, 2013

#Hyde37

On the 37th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, National Network of Abortion Funds' Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined local abortion funds on Twitter to discuss the impact of nearly four decades of a ban on Medicaid funding of abortion and to look towards a future without the Hyde Amendment.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, Carolina Abortion Fund, DC Abortion Fund, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, Pro-Choice Resources, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

September 25th, 2013

What would you sell?

Earlier this week abortion fund activists shared a few of the things they say to people who call for assistance. Here are just a few of the things abortion fund advocates report that callers have sacrificed to get one step closer to an abortion they need:

What would you sell?

Please take action today and sign the petition to repeal the Hyde Amendment. No one should have to sacrifice basic necessities just to get the health care that is their right.

 

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Medicaid, unfair laws

April 4th, 2013

Gaining ground in the conversation on reproductive health

North Dakota. Mississippi. Arkansas. Virginia. Texas. Sometimes it can seem like we're fighting a losing battle. But in fact, in many places we're gaining ground!

At RH Reality Check, Susan Schewel with the Women's Medical Fund and Megan Smith, founder of the Repeal Hyde Art Project, talk about recent successes in Philadelphia, Cambridge, New York City, and Austin and remind us that:

Choice is meaningless without access, and we can be the ones to push for change. If we want all people to have access to care across the United States, we must create newsworthy initiatives calling for an expansion rather than a retraction of coverage, and we must call upon our elected representatives to do the same.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, unfair laws, Women's Medical Fund (Pennsylvania)

February 19th, 2013

Abortion fund activists push for local and national funding reforms

Local abortion funds help women and girls pay for abortions they would otherwise not be able to afford--and they also work for fair laws that respect the lives and futures of all women. In just the past month, two abortion funds have fought for policy changes--and won! City and state efforts to restore Medicaid funding are taking root across the country, and abortion fund activists are instrumental in this push.

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Categories: economic justice, health care reform, New York Abortion Access Fund, unfair laws, Women's Medical Fund (Pennsylvania)

January 1st, 2013

2012 highlights

As we head into a bright new year, we look back at some of our favorite moments of 2012:

  1. In January, we commemorated 39 years of legal abortion by participating in the online March for Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. Over 134,000 people put themselves on the map, telling elected officials that a two-tier system of health care is unacceptable and sending the message to "Keep Abortion Safe and Legal -- and Make it Affordable and Accessible!"
  2. We welcomed three new abortion funds to the Network! In Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina, there now more options for low-income women. And the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund started funding for the first time in 2012!
  3. We broke all records in our 3rd Annual National Bowl-a-Thon for Abortion Access--and we're looking forward to another record-busting year in 2013!
  4. In Minnesota, Oregon, and West Virginia, we protected access to abortion for over 275,000 low-income women, fighting attacks on state Medicaid coverage.
  5. Minnesota's Pro-Choice Resources opens their "gap fund," the first abortion fund in the nation to specifically help women who qualify for state Medicaid funding get their abortions without delay, instead of waiting weeks for the state to process their paperwork.

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Categories: Abortion Access Network of Arizona, Abortion Support Network, Bowl-a-Thon , economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, International Funds, TakeAction

November 7th, 2012

Women won in 2012. Let's aim high.

Across the country voters spoke loud and clear this week: President Obama ran on a platform strongly supporting the right to abortion regardless of the ability to pay, and he won resoundingly.

Women won. By enormous margins, women delivered that victory.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, TakeAction

September 30th, 2012

36 years of the Hyde Amendment: a call to action

On September 30, 1976, the House of Representatives passed the Hyde Amendment, banning federal Medicaid funding of abortion. And every year since, the Hyde Amendment has been included in the federal budget. For 36 years, this ban has burdened the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. For 36 years, the Hyde Amendment has singled out abortion coverage, targeting low-income women, young women, women serving in the military, Native American women, rural women, and women of color.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Medicaid, TakeAction, unfair laws

August 30th, 2012

"Many, many people do not have $650 in their bank account..."

Danielle Boudrow volunteers with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and was one of six women voters selected by the New York Times to participate in a live video chat this week to discuss how the 2012 election affects women's lives. She was the youngest participant and the only one with experience working directly with women who are hurt by discriminatory abortion funding bans.

Here's what she had to say:

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Categories: Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform