This summer, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” seeking to make the Hyde Amendment permanent law, while in effect extending bans on coverage for abortion to the private sector.
But the bill doesn't stop there. It reaches even further than Hyde and, amongst other things:
* Permanently denies low-income women, federal employees, and military women abortion coverage
* Effectively ends abortion coverage in private employer policies
* Could undermine women's access to life-saving emergency abortions at state and local public hospitals
The bill already has over 170 co-sponsors and is picking up traction in the House.
Please write your Members of Congress and tell them to oppose the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”!
I’m joining the Center for Reproductive Rights to urge you to oppose Rep. Chris Smith’s recently introduced H.R. 5939, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
This dangerous bill uses federal law in sweeping ways to restrict women’s access to abortion. The bill goes far beyond codifying the discriminatory Hyde amendment, which severely limits millions of low-income women’s access to abortion, at great cost to themselves and their families.
Currently, a majority of private insurance plans provide coverage for abortion services. If passed, however, H.R. 5939 would manipulate tax law, threatening to prevent private employers from continuing to offer health care coverage that includes abortion services except in very limited circumstances, despite the fact that those employers would otherwise choose to provide their employees with comprehensive coverage.
And shockingly, the bill also appears to eliminate federal protections for women who come to state and local public hospitals in need of life-saving emergency abortion services.
These are just a few of the harmful provisions of H.R. 5939. It represents an extreme departure from current law and it threatens to end abortion coverage for millions of American women. I urge you to stand up for women and oppose this dangerous bill.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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