About This Work
Current federal policy, including the Hyde Amendment, bans insurance coverage of abortion for anyone who qualifies for public insurance coverage, such as those who use Medicaid or Medicare, federal employees, Peace Corps volunteers, and members of the military. These bans disproportionately impact low-income people, women of color, immigrants, and transgender & gender non-conforming people.
NIRH works on the local and state level to restore public coverage of abortion, so that all people can access the reproductive health care they need regardless of where their insurance comes from. Ending bans on insurance coverage of abortion is a matter of reproductive and economic justice. We are proud partners in the All* Above All campaign.
Beginning this work in 2010, NIRH conducted ground-breaking research in anticipation of attacks on abortion coverage tied to the Affordable Care Act. Since then, we have worked with state advocates and directly with state agencies to achieve insurance coverage for abortion. On the local level, we have supported advocates across the country to work with their local government to pass resolutions calling for an end on abortion coverage bans and to oppose the Hyde Amendment through the passage of the EACH Woman Act.
In June 2017, the Seattle City Council and Mayor built on their 2014 resolution that called for federal lawmakers to repeal all bans on public insurance coverage of abortion, by passing a proclamation in support of policies that support insurance coverage of abortion and funding for reproductive health services for all immigrants. This effort was led by Surge Reproductive Justice and Legal Voice, who also advocated for the 2014 City Council resolution that called for the repeal of federal bans on abortion coverage. Read the proclamation here. Look at pictures of the City Council vote here. To learn more about Seattle [...]
On April 20, 2017, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a proclamation in support of policies that support insurance coverage and funding for all reproductive health care services for women, including abortion. This vote followed a hearing by the Board of Commissioners on March 29, 2016, that examined the landscape of reproductive health care access in the county. The National Institute and All* Above All partnered with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), the Momentum Alliance, the Western States Center, and the We are BRAVE Coalition to introduce and win passage of this proclamation. [...]
On September 30, Councilwoman Nury Martinez led the Los Angeles City Council in a unanimous vote to call for passage of the EACH Woman Act and a repeal on bans on insurance coverage of abortion. Supported by the Los Angeles Coalition for Reproductive Justice, this resolution, passed on the actual 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, became the 11th to call for such action. The press conference that followed featured testimony in both English and Spanish on the importance of ensuring that all people are able to access comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, no matter where their insurance comes from. Read [...]
On September 29, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council, led by Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Councilwoman Helen Gym, unanimously passed a resolution calling for passage of the EACH Woman Act and for an end to state and federal bans on insurance coverage of abortion. In taking this action, the City Council joined its Board of Health, who passed a similar resolution in February 2013. The City Council featured moving testimony from advocates on the importance of passing this resolution. Read the resolution here. Read coverage at Rewire. Read the press statement from Women’s Law Project here. Read the Storify of live-tweeting [...]
On September 28, the Boston City Council, led by Councilmember Ayanna Pressley, unanimously passed a resolution honoring the United for Abortion Coverage Week of Action and calling an end to 40 years of the Hyde Amendment. The National Institute and All* Above All partnered with a coalition of organizations in Boston included Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, the ACLU of Massachusetts, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, and the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion (EMA) Fund, an abortion fund that had previously led work to pass a resolution in nearby Cambridge, to support the Boston City Council in this work. Councilor Pressley spoke about the [...]