February 22, 2023

US Lawmakers Introduce More Abortion Bills

Legislators in the US Senate and House of Representatives continue to introduce abortion legislation in the aftermath of Dobbs v. Jackson. Two new bills being considered by Congress would have drastic effects on abortion in America.

The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Care Act (EACH Act) would end Hyde Amendment protections and allow government-subsidized abortion through government insurance plans such as Medicaid. The EACH Act was introduced by Rep Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

Legislators advocating for the passage of the EACH Act characterized the Hyde Amendment as racist language designed to oppress low-income and minority groups. The Hyde Amendment is a set of legislative language attached to spending bills preventing tax dollars from paying for abortions.

On the other hand, pro-life senators introduced the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, which would permanently ban federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape or when the mother's life is at risk. In direct contrast to the EACH Act, this legislation would make Hyde Amendment protections permanent. It would also end taxpayer subsidies for abortion through the Affordable Care Act.