Washington, DC, February 2, 2017—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is welcoming the introduction of H.R. 771, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act. If made law, the Act would lift the ban on using federal funds for abortion care and ensure that no one is denied the right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare because of their income level, where they live, or what type of insurance they have.
“At a time when comprehensive reproductive health care is under attack by Trump and Pence, it’s vital that congressional leaders push to preserve and advance access to these vital rights. As we have seen in every part of this nation — and around the world — access to education, quality health care (including comprehensive reproductive health care) and economic opportunities for women and girls drives up the quality of everyone’s lives and helps grow the economy. Access to comprehensive reproductive health care is vital for LGBTQ people as they experience higher poverty rates, and lesbian, bisexual, gender queer, transgender, agender, intersex and two-spirited people need access to comprehensive and culturally competent reproductive healthcare that includes abortion care. We urge members of Congress to support this vital bill that will have such a profoundly positive impact on lives across the nation,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
The bill was introduced on January 31, 2017, by U.S. Reps Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), alongside Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Reps Diana DeGette (D-CO), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and 100 other members of Congress.