“Maternal care for Black women is a public health crisis and racial justice issue,” writes Massachusetts state Rep. Liz Miranda. “It is critical that state legislatures—both here in Massachusetts and across the country—pay attention and take action.”
Last month, Congress passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. On top of direct stimulus checks, the Plan also includes funding for schools and childcare, increased child tax credits and rental assistance. But another—frequently overlooked—priority of this bill is expanding access to sexual and reproductive health care across the country.
“For nearly nine years, I’ve been without my daughter because the laws in my country put the value of her pregnancy above the value of her life.”
Right now, the Congress of the Dominican Republic—one of the few nations in the world where abortion is illegal in all circumstances—is weighing whether to update the country’s penal code to decriminalize abortion in certain instances.
No more debate; Dominican women need action. Now.
It is time for the Biden administration to begin fixing inequities by ensuring that federal policies do not hinder but instead help make the abortion pill more accessible, by allowing pharmacists to dispense the abortion pill.
Making mifepristone available through pharmacies can improve abortion access—especially in rural or other areas where abortion providers and clinics are remote or unavailable. And federal action can make this a reality.
Enacting the Equal Access to Abortion in Health Care (EACH) Act would ensure no one ever suffers—as Rosie Jimenez and her family did—again.
There are approximately 6 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year, and more than a million of those end in loss. A million. Every year.
Despite this unfortunate prevalence, there is no support infrastructure in place for people going through pregnancy loss. I realized this when I went through it myself.
After more than four decades of work, there is unprecedented momentum to end the Hyde Amendment. And today, we are one step closer with the introduction of the EACH Act by U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee, Ayanna Pressley, Diana DeGette, Jan Schakowsky, and U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth, Mazie Hirono and Patty Murray.
The EACH Act would reverse the Hyde Amendment, ensuring anyone who gets their insurance through Medicaid or other federal insurance will be covered for abortion and other pregnancy-related care.
“The Biden administration promised to follow the science. In this case it couldn’t be clearer: The FDA’s restrictions on medication abortion are unnecessary, outdated, and only serve to obstruct access to care, further deepening health inequities for those who are struggling most.”
A new resource created by Ipas and the Center for Reproductive Rights aims to help abortion care providers understand and manage their legal risks in areas hostile to abortion rights.
“In a society that seems more committed to death than to health, sisterhood could save our lives.”