To: Members of Congress
As one of over a million members of MomsRising, I am writing to urge you to support and co-sponsor the EACH (Equal Access to Abortion Coverage) Act and to repeal the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment restricts government funds from being used to cover an abortion—except in extremely limited circumstances. The Hyde Amendment excludes people who receive Medicaid, military personnel, federal employees, Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ people; low-wage workers; and immigrants and Indigenous people from accessing their legal right to abortion. Denying access to abortion solely due to one’s socioeconomic status is completely unacceptable.
The time is now to overturn a ban that has only exacerbated health and income inequalities for millions of mothers, women, and families over the last four decades. People working to make ends meet, especially women of color, are done waiting. Public support for ending the Hyde Amendment is at an all-time high, with 62% of national voters supporting Medicaid coverage of abortion. We urge that you aim to enact policies that will protect and ensure abortion care such as the EACH Act, so that everyone can live with economic security and dignity.
Let’s be clear, banning abortion doesn’t end abortion — it just ends safe, legal abortion. The EACH Act is a bill that would ensure abortion coverage for all. It should not matter how much money you make or whether or not you have insurance – EACH of us should be able to make personal decisions without politicians interfering.
Now is the time to ensure that every person with the ability to give birth has access to the legal right to abortion care. Together we can protect access to reproductive health.