The Trump Administration Wants Health Insurance Companies to Drop Abortion Coverage from Your Insurance Plan

The Trump Administration Wants Health Insurance Companies to Drop Abortion Coverage from Your Insurance Plan
The administration passed a new rule that would impose more than $1 billion in unnecessary costs in an effort to coerce insurance companies to stop offering coverage for abortion.

Meagan Burrows , Staff Attorney, ACLU
February 11, 2020

From denying access to abortion for unaccompanied immigrant minors, to gutting the Title X family planning program, to trying to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers and universities cover contraception in their health plans, the Trump administration has spent the last three years waging an unrelenting, targeted campaign against reproductive freedom. And the administration does not appear to be losing steam. Indeed, just last month, Donald Trump became the first president to address the annual anti-abortion march in D.C.

Well, we aren’t losing steam either. We have sued the administration time and time again over its policies, including those detailed above. Today, we filed a lawsuit challenging the administration’s latest (and possibly most under-reported) attempt to undermine reproductive rights to date: a new rule that would push abortion further out of reach for millions of people across the country by coercing insurance companies to drop abortion coverage from individual insurance plans.

Continued: https://www.aclu.org/news/reproductive-freedom/the-trump-administration-wants-health-insurance-companies-to-drop-abortion-coverage-from-your-insurance-plan/


The downfall of Roe v. Wade started in 2010

The downfall of Roe v. Wade started in 2010
Abortion access in America hangs by a thread. The unraveling began a decade ago.

By Anna North
Dec 23, 2019

This year, five states passed laws banning abortion before most people know they’re pregnant. Alabama passed a ban on the procedure at any stage of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. In Ohio, lawmakers introduced a bill that would create a crime called “abortion murder,” punishable by life in prison.

For many, restrictions like these would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. But as we look ahead to 2020, the anti-abortion movement could be on the brink of its biggest success yet: dismantling the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2019/12/23/21024312/abortion-laws-2019-ohio-georgia-roe-wade


USA – New Obamacare Rule Will Require Separate Premium Payments for Abortion Coverage

New Obamacare Rule Will Require Separate Premium Payments for Abortion Coverage

Caitlin Cruz
Dec 21, 2019

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a new rule that will require insurers through the Affordable Care Act marketplace to bill separately for abortion coverage. This administrative change could affect more than 3 million people with abortion coverage.

If an insurance plan through the ACA marketplace includes abortion coverage, the insurer will be required to bill two premium payments: one for the health care policy and another for the policy’s abortion coverage. Here’s the full rule from the Federal Register.

Continued: https://theslot.jezebel.com/new-obamacare-rule-will-require-separate-premium-paymen-1840580808


USA – The Last Decade Was Disastrous For Abortion Rights. Advocates Are Trying To Figure Out What’s Next.

The Last Decade Was Disastrous For Abortion Rights. Advocates Are Trying To Figure Out What’s Next.
This year, the battle over abortion rights reached a fever pitch. That’s what this entire decade was building toward.

Ema O'Connor BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on December 17, 2019

As the decade draws to a close, the national right to abortion is in the most vulnerable place it’s been in decades.

Since 2010, hundreds of laws restricting abortion access have been enacted all over the country, making the procedure less attainable and forcing abortion clinics to close. The US has gone from having around 1,720 facilities that perform abortions in 2011 to 1,587 in 2017 (the last year reproductive rights group Guttmacher Institute surveyed). As of this year, there are six states with only one abortion clinic left. Twenty-five abortion bans were signed into law in 2019 alone, leading to nationwide protests. Though all, so far, have been blocked by the courts, a major fight over abortion rights at the Supreme Court is yet to come.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emaoconnor/abortion-rights-decade-bans-trump-kavanaugh-planned


USA – Why is the head of the Seattle-based Planned Parenthood affiliate calling the shots in Indiana and Kentucky?

Why is the head of the Seattle-based Planned Parenthood affiliate calling the shots in Indiana and Kentucky?

Nov. 17, 2019
By Nina Shapiro, Seattle Times staff reporter

In mid-September, Chris Charbonneau flew to Fort Wayne, Indiana — triumphant. The CEO of the Seattle-based Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands had just pulled off a stealth operation.

Last year, Fort Wayne’s only Planned Parenthood clinic closed. The landlord didn’t renew the lease. A nurse practitioner left after a group called Created Equal distributed flyers with her name and photo. It was an attempt to pressure her to “stop doing evil,” said the organization’s vice president, Seth Drayer.

Continued: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-based-planned-parenthood-ventures-into-indiana-and-kentucky-giving-a-blue-state-boost-to-red-state-clinics/


Melinda Gates’ $1 Billion Gender Equality Initiative Will Fail If It Ignores Abortion Rights

Melinda Gates’ $1 Billion Gender Equality Initiative Will Fail If It Ignores Abortion Rights

Oct 18, 2019
Danielle Stouck

Earlier this month, philanthropist Melinda Gates announced that, over the next ten years, she will invest $1 billion in new efforts to achieve gender equality in the United States.

This is certainly cause for optimism. Here’s the best-case scenario: Gates’ investment through her company, Pivotal Ventures, will support feminist organizations and activists fighting for a seat at the decision-making table. Priority for funding will be given to the historically marginalized women in this country—including women of color, poor women, indigenous women, disabled women, queer women, and trans women.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/10/18/melinda-gatess-1-billion-gender-equality-initiative-will-fail-if-it-ignores-abortion-rights/


Five theories for the record-low US abortion rate

Five theories for the record-low US abortion rate

23 September 2019

Abortion rates have fallen to their lowest level since the pregnancy-terminating procedure was legalised in a 1973 Supreme Court decision, according to a new report. But experts say the reason for the decline can be hard to isolate.

The study released on Wednesday by the Guttmacher Institute - a research organisation that supports abortion access - found a 7% decline from 2014 to 2017.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49731167


USA – Abortion ‘Stigma’ Prevalent in Many Affordable Care Act Plans

Abortion ‘Stigma’ Prevalent in Many Affordable Care Act Plans
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is creating unnecessary administrative burdens for those receiving abortion care through ACA plans.

Aug 15, 2019
Erin Heger

A new report from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) found a lack of abortion coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) state marketplaces, with plans in Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, West Virginia, and Wyoming failing to indicate whether they cover abortion beyond circumstances of rape, incest, or life endangerment.

Those plans include wording found in the discriminatory Hyde Amendment.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/08/15/abortion-stigma-prevalent-in-many-affordable-care-act-plans/


Missouri and the Fight for Abortion Rights: How Past Became Prologue

Missouri and the Fight for Abortion Rights: How Past Became Prologue
Missouri’s historic battle for abortion rights presaged in important ways where we are today, and what will be required of reproductive rights advocates in the future.

Aug 1, 2019
Angela Bonavoglia

The time, the late 1960s; the place, St. Louis, Missouri. Judy Widdicombe, a twenty-something self-described supermom, was raising two boys with her husband, working as a labor and delivery nurse in a Catholic hospital, and volunteering one night a week as a counselor on a suicide prevention hotline.

“In those days, there was no official place a woman with an unwanted pregnancy could go for help,” she told me when I interviewed her for my book, The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/08/01/missouri-and-the-fight-for-abortion-rights-how-past-became-prologue/


USA – Conservatives Are Making Abortion Rights More Popular By Attacking Them

Conservatives Are Making Abortion Rights More Popular By Attacking Them
It seems some people don't know what they have until it's almost gone.

by Marie Solis
Jul 12 2019

Escalating attacks on abortion rights may be contributing to a surge in pro-choice sentiment, according to a new ABC News/ Washington Post poll.

The findings show support for abortion has hit a 24-year high in the U.S., with 60 percent of Americans agreeing that the procedure should be legal “in all or most cases,” and 27 percent saying it should be legal “in all cases.”

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/j5wzag/conservative-attacks-are-making-abortion-rights-more-popular-poll