Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), along with about 70 other House Democrats, introduced a bill in Congress on Wednesday that would provide taxpayer-funded abortion coverage to all women who are covered by an insurance plan through the federal government – including federal workers, military members, women incarcerated in federal prisons, and low-income women covered by Medicaid.
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Coverage Act, or EACH Woman Act, states that “The Federal Government shall (1) ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program” and “in its role as an employer or health plan sponsor, ensure coverage for abortion care for participants and beneficiaries.”
The bill also mandates that all health care facilities that are contracted by the government provide abortion services.
Additionally, the bill seeks to impose a requirement that state and local governments “shall not prohibit, restrict or otherwise inhibit insurance coverage of abortion care by private health plans.”
The bill goes on to state, “It is the sense of Congress that (1) the Federal Government, acting in its capacity as an insurer, employer, or health care provider, should serve as a model for the Nation to ensure coverage of abortion care; and (2) moreover, restrictions on coverage of abortion care in the private insurance market must end.”