Advocates applauds the re-introduction of the EACH Act
Advocates for Youth applauds the reintroduction of the EACH (Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Care) Act, legislation which lifts bans on abortion coverage, led by Representatives Lee (D-CA), Degette (D-CO), Shackowsky (D-IL), and Pressley (D-MA) in the House and Senators Duckworth (D-IL), Murray (D-WA), and Hirono (D-HI) in the Senate. We are proud to support this groundbreaking legislation to ensure that every person, whatever their income, however they are insured, and wherever they live can get affordable abortion care when they need it.
We know that bans on abortion coverage disproportionately affect young people, low income folks, and people of color. Young people are more likely to be enrolled in government-funded healthcare, leaving them disproportionately impacted by the Hyde Amendment and without the income to pay for the care out of pocket. Even if they can overcome barriers like transportation or housing, many young people simply may not be able to afford abortion care if insurance coverage is not available. The same people who are most harmed by abortion restrictions are also bearing the brunt of the pandemic and systemic racism every day. The EACH Act gets us one step closer to #AbortionJustice.
Representatives Lee, DeGette, Schakowsky and Pressley have reintroduced the EACH Act in the House of Representatives, alongside 117 other members of congress. Senators Duckworth, Murray, and Hirono have reintroduced EACH in the Senate, joined by 18 other Senators.