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Speak out for Reproductive Rights

It's been over 41 years since the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices—including seeking access to legal abortion. Over four decades later, the fight for reproductive rights continues.

State legislatures have passed nearly 200 restrictions since 2011, Congress is considering several bills to restrict access, and the Supreme Court is poised to decide a few reproductive health cases this year. Hadassah members, associates, and supporters are advocates in their cities and states—helping to defeat a 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque, and opposing clinic regulations in Texas, restrictive insurance policies in Michigan, and transvaginal ultrasound requirements in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Learn how Hadassah is taking a stand and what you can do to support reproductive rights!

Congress is considering two key bills that would drastically limit access reproductive health services:

On January 28, in a vote of 227 - 188, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7—officially titled the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This legislation was designed to restrict all public and private health insurance options for abortion coverage. This legislation would not only cement the Hyde Amendment—the current ban on federal money funding abortion, which curtails medical options for federal employees, service members, and low-income women receiving subsidized healthcare—but institute more restrictions that go far beyond today’s law. Under H.R. 7, employers and patients whose insurance covers abortion would be denied normal tax deductions and credits for all medical coverage, regardless of whether abortion coverage was ever used. The bill would also raise taxes on small business that offer abortion coverage and open women up potential IRS audits if required to prove that medical-expense deductions were only used in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother.

Congress is also considering the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1670), which would impose a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The House passed a similar bill last June. The legislation contains no exceptions for fetal anomalies or situations in which the woman faces severe threats by her pregnancy, and only provides exceptions for women impregnated by rape or incest if they can prove that they reported those incidences.

In response the onslaught of attacks, advocates and allies are fighting back! The Women’s Health Protection Act (S.1696), introduced last November, would enforce and protect the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion, no matter what state a woman lives in. This legislation would allow Congress to regulate and standardize abortion laws—ensuring quality care, while protecting against onerous and medically unnecessary requirements placed on patients, physicians, and service providers. See below to thank co-sponsors and urge Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act.

Hadassah Members, Associates and supporters are encouraged to speak out for women’s reproductive rights and join coalitions with like-minded organizations to mobilize their local communities. Hadassah is also a campaign ally of This Is Personal, a campaign working to empower, educate and activate women across the country to protect women’s reproductive health care.

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