USA – Senators Introduce Legislation to Finally Repeal the Hyde Amendment and End Wide-Ranging Federal Abortion-Funding Ban

Senators Introduce Legislation to Finally Repeal the Hyde Amendment and End Wide-Ranging Federal Abortion-Funding Ban

March 12, 2019
by Christine Grimaldi

Holly Alvarado realized she might be pregnant while standing in the middle of a Walmart near Grand Forks Air Force Base, where she was stationed in 2009. Alvarado, then 22, was struggling to afford the supplies, like socks, underwear, and boots, she would need for at least six months in the Middle East. She had emptied her apartment of most belongings except for the sleeping bag she crawled into at night and crammed the rest in a storage unit, an expense that would grow over time. Alvarado had two weeks left in North Dakota before pre-deployment training began in Texas. From there, she would go on to serve her country. Alvarado knew she wanted an abortion almost as soon as she experienced her first wave of nausea in the Walmart. But Tricare, the military’s health-insurance program, would not cover the procedure.

Continued: https://www.vogue.com/article/each-woman-act-hyde-amendment-senate-announcement-end-federal-abortion-ban

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USA – Members of Congress Take Bold Step Towards Ending Discriminatory Bans on Abortion Coverage

Members of Congress Take Bold Step Towards Ending Discriminatory Bans on Abortion Coverage

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Legislative Counsel
March 12, 2019

Members of Congress on Tuesday took a bold step toward making the right to abortion a reality for everyone. The EACH Woman Act was reintroduced in the House — and introduced in the Senate for the first time ever.

This trailblazing legislation would end the Hyde Amendment and related bans on insurance coverage of abortion, which for over four decades have pushed abortion care out of reach for those enrolled in Medicaid and other government health insurance plans and programs.

Continued: https://www.aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom/abortion/members-congress-take-bold-step-towards-ending-discriminatory

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Australia – Morrison lambasts Labor for raising abortion before election

Morrison lambasts Labor for raising abortion before election
PM says debate does not ‘unite Australians’ after Labor promises to require public hospitals to provide services

Paul Karp
Wed 6 Mar 2019

Scott Morrison has blasted Labor for raising the issue of publicly funded abortions just before an election, saying he did not believe the discussion to be “good for the country”.

The prime minister said the issue was better left to the states and territories to decide and he was “disappointed” the opposition had announced its policy “in a very politically charged context”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/06/labor-require-public-hospitals-abortion-services

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USA – The Biggest Consequence of Trump’s New Abortion Rule Won’t Be for Abortion

The Biggest Consequence of Trump’s New Abortion Rule Won’t Be for Abortion
New restrictions on the Title X program may affect poor women’s access to other kinds of health care.

Olga Khazan
Mar 5, 2019

In late February, the Trump administration dropped a new rule that has alarmed doctors’ groups and brought conservatives closer to achieving their long quest to defund Planned Parenthood.

Clinics that receive funds from the federal family-planning grant program Title X will no longer be able to perform abortions in the same space where they see other patients. Abortion and other health-care services will be required to be physically and financially separate entities. Title X participants will also no longer be able to refer patients to abortion providers, though they can mention abortion to their patients.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/03/trumps-title-x-rule-change-planned-parenthood/584005/

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Abortions rise worldwide when US cuts funding to women’s health clinics, study finds

Abortions rise worldwide when US cuts funding to women’s health clinics, study finds

March 4, 2019
Yana Rodgers, Professor of Labor Studies, Rutgers University

Fulfilling Republican efforts to “defund Planned Parenthood,” the Trump administration announced on Feb. 22 it would end federal funding to health providers that perform abortions.

This new ruling is the domestic version of the “global gag rule” that Trump imposed in 2017. It cuts U.S. global health funding from organizations abroad that perform – or even talk about – abortions, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/abortions-rise-worldwide-when-us-cuts-funding-to-womens-health-clinics-study-finds-112491

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Irish ban on funding abortion services in developing world to be lifted

Irish ban on funding abortion services in developing world to be lifted
Restrictions on use of aid money to be set aside following abortion reform in Ireland

Mar 3, 2019
Pat Leahy

A ban on the use of Irish government aid money to fund abortion services in developing countries is likely to be set aside as a consequence of the changes to the legalisation on abortion in Ireland.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it will launch a new initiative on “sexual and reproductive health and rights” in the developing world as part of the work of Irish Aid, the development aid programme of the government.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/irish-ban-on-funding-abortion-services-in-developing-world-to-be-lifted-1.3813020

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USA – Birth Control Gets Caught Up in the Abortion Wars

Birth Control Gets Caught Up in the Abortion Wars
The Trump administration’s cruel new family planning rule threatens access to contraception and other health care for poor women.

By The Editorial Board
Feb. 26, 2019

In its continuing assault on reproductive rights, the Trump administration has issued potentially devastating changes to the nation’s nearly 50-year-old family planning program, Title X, which allows millions of women each year to afford contraception, cancer screenings and other critical health services.

Health clinics have long been barred from using Title X money, or any federal funds, to pay for abortions, but they have been able to provide abortions and other family planning services under one roof. Under the new rule, unveiled last week by the Department of Health and Human Services after being floated last year, a clinic that provides abortions will have to jump through an absurd series of hoops to continue receiving Title X funding. For instance, it will have to create a separate entrance to the facility for patients seeking abortions, hire separate personnel and establish a separate electronic health records system. Title X facilities will also be barred from referring patients for abortions. The rule gives discretion to the department to decide on a case-by-case basis whether facilities are in compliance.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/opinion/title-x-rule.html

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USA – Reproductive Rights Groups Ready to Sue Trump Over Abortion Rule

Reproductive Rights Groups Ready to Sue Trump Over Abortion Rule
The administration’s measure would effectively ban Planned Parenthood and other providers from getting Title X federal family planning fund.

Emily Shugerman
02.25.19

Reproductive rights groups were outraged when the Trump administration announced plans to cut off family planning funds for healthcare providers that offer abortions. Now they’re headed to court to battle the new rule.

At least three groups have announced plans to sue over the measure, which would effectively ban providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving funds through Title X—a federal program to help low-income Americans access family planning services.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/reproductive-rights-groups-ready-to-sue-trump-over-abortion-rule

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USA – Yes, I do want your taxes to pay for abortion

Yes, I do want your taxes to pay for abortion
Ending the Hyde amendment, which bans federal funding of abortions, will give Americans their full rights – and dignity

Moira Donegan
Mon 3 Dec 2018

Abortion rights did not fare well in the midterm elections. Alabama voters approved a measure that will grant full legal personhood to fertilized eggs, a move that will massively restrict the rights of pregnant and fertile women and ban all abortions in the state after the fall of Roe v Wade. West Virginians removed state Medicaid funding for abortion procedures via a constitutional amendment.

Meanwhile, Republicans expanded their control of the Senate, allowing them to continue to stuff the federal courts with their rabidly anti-choice judicial nominees.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/03/yes-i-do-want-your-taxes-to-pay-for-abortion

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Ireland – Simon Harris clashes with anti-abortion TD during Dáil debate

Simon Harris clashes with anti-abortion TD during Dáil debate
‘Why do women in crisis have to come last? They have come last in this country for far too long’

Nov 27, 2018
Jennifer Bray

Minister for Health Simon Harris has criticised attempts to change the proposed abortion law so that taxpayers’ money would not be used to enable a woman to have access to abortion services.

Independent TD Carol Nolan, formerly of Sinn Féin, sought to introduce the new provision to the proposed abortion legislation saying that “free abortions will mean more abortions”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/simon-harris-clashes-with-anti-abortion-td-during-d%C3%A1il-debate-1.3712674

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