Abortion Coverage Restrictions Affect Millions of Women
Abortion coverage bans severely restrict the ability of millions of women to obtain abortion care. The Hyde Amendment is the most infamous of such restrictions, barring about 7.5 million low-income women from using their Medicaid coverage to obtain an abortion, except in the most extreme circumstances. However, millions more women who receive their health insurance or care through the federal government face similarly severe restrictions, according to a new analysis in the Guttmacher Policy Review.
“The thinly veiled intent behind the Hyde Amendment and other abortion coverage restrictions is to put abortion out of reach for as many people as possible,” says Megan Donovan, author of the analysis. “These restrictions can pose an enormous financial obstacle, particularly for poor and low-income women and women of color who receive health care services or coverage through the federal government.”