Letter: Support ‘Equality in Abortion Coverage Act’

Posted 2/4/20

To the editor:On January 22nd we marked the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that affirmed the right to abortion, but what is clear is that right is being denied to women of …

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Letter: Support ‘Equality in Abortion Coverage Act’

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To the editor:
On January 22nd we marked the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that affirmed the right to abortion, but what is clear is that right is being denied to women of color, to low-income people, to young people, to immigrant women and to people on the margins.

The Hyde Amendment withholds federal health benefits for abortion. Rhode Island has a similar policy on our books. The goal of these policies is to make it so that people cannot afford to get an abortion. It has worked. It has pushed care out of reach for many people, especially low-income women and women of color.
Regardless of how much money someone makes or the source of their insurance benefits, they should have coverage for the care they need. That has to include contraception, prenatal and maternity care, fertility services and abortion. We should all be able to afford the health services to manage our health and to plan and care for our families.

We should speak out and make sure that lawmakers know that we support the “Equality in Abortion Coverage Act”, which gets rid of state laws that take that right away from people because of their income or their insurance type. We need to make the right to abortion a reality.

Susan Dunnington
East Providence

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