EMAIL SIGN UP!
The press releases posted here have been submitted by
For further information or to comment on this press release, please contact the organization directly.
Most Popular This Week
- What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine
- Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?
- Bernie Sanders: 'I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States'
- Hundreds of Students Arrested Demanding Climate Action
- Ukraine in Context: What You Don't Know About a New Cold War
Today's Top News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: National Organization for Women
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906
Anti-Abortion Rights Model Guidelines Released: NOW Intensifies Call for Obama to Live Up to Campaign Promises
WASHINGTON - September 21 - Late last night, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health and Human Services released pre-regulatory model guidelines for the implementation of the anti-abortion rights provisions tacked on to the Affordable Care Act in order to secure the votes of a handful of religious fundamentalists serving in Congress.
NOW remains clear that women in the United States have fewer abortion rights today than we did one year ago, and that the situation will be dramatically worsened by the time health insurance exchanges are up and running in 2014. Forcing health insurers who participate in exchanges to segregate funds for abortion care perpetuates grave injustice to women; insults those paying into plans -- young, old, women, men, as well as payroll account administrators -- with a burdensome monthly "two-check" requirement; and will lead to the end of private coverage for abortion care, even for women with the luxury to afford their own insurance premiums.
Today 87 percent of employer-based insurance plans cover abortion care; those that choose to continue that coverage while participating in exchanges will be subject to annual cost audits, new layers of internal and administrative controls and the potential for harassment from state health insurance commissioners. It is no surprise that a George Washington University study has predicted that one outcome of the Affordable Care Act will be the virtual elimination of private coverage for abortion care -- legal medical care accessed by one in three women in this country.
Discrimination against abortion care is discrimination against women. NOW intensifies its calls on President Obama to live up to his campaign promises to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortion care, and to pass the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). NOW also calls on women to speak up and organize for abortion rights at the community level -- whether lobbying elected officials; penning opinion pieces and blog posts; or countering the pervasive violence and harassment outside reproductive health clinics.