Women's Leader Urges Congress to Pass EACH Woman Act

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families

"Each woman should have unfettered access to the comprehensive reproductive health care they need, no matter how much they earn, where they live or where they get their health insurance. The EACH Woman Act would ensure that reality for the millions of women that have had abortion care pushed out of reach by callous, restrictive anti-abortion policies. The EACH Woman Act would lift bans like the Hyde amendment that restrict insurance coverage of abortion in Medicaid and other government-managed health insurance programs — a burden that falls heaviest on women of color, low-income women and young women.

We applaud the members of Congress, led by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) for introducing the EACH Woman Act and attempting to put an end to political interference in access to abortion care.

At a time where the anti-abortion politicians and the Trump administration are relentlessly pushing to enact laws and policies that restrict access to reproductive health care, now more than ever we must move to advance legislation that preserves women’s autonomy over their own body and their agency to make choices about their health care.

We strongly urge Congress to pass this important piece of legislation and remain ready to work alongside members to ensure all women have access to abortion care."

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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