NM RCRC Summer Newsletter 2015

We’re *All In for the EACH Woman Act! all-in-logo-small

On the morning of Wednesday July 8, the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice joined over thirty other All* Above All partners as lead sponsors Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and more than 50 Members of Congress, including NM Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham,  introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act. The EACH Woman Act ensures health coverage for abortion for every woman however much she earns, however she is insured, or wherever she lives. New Mexico covers abortion care for low-income people-it’s time the rest of the country joins us!

The Religious Coalition supports the EACH Woman Act because our nation is home to people of many different faith traditions, each with unique values regarding reproductive health. Our laws should respect everyone’s ability to make private decisions according to their own faith and conscience. Current insurance coverage restrictions erode this principle by imposing one religious viewpoint on all people thus infringing upon individual religious liberty rights.

The EACH Woman Act makes a long-needed change for women and their families, creating two important standards for  reproductive health: First, it respects that every woman should be able to make her own decisions about pregnancy. If a woman gets her care or insurance through the federal government, she will be covered for all pregnancy-related care, including abortion. Second, it prohibits political interference with decisions of private health insurance companies to offer  coverage for abortion care. Federal, state and local legislators will not be able to interfere with the private insurance market  to prevent insurance companies from providing abortion coverage.

This legislation would lift the restriction on abortion  coverage for people enrolled in Medicaid, employees of the Federal Government, active duty military, and anyone who gets their healthcare from Indian Health Services. These restrictions create an often insurmountable barrier to abortion for women across the country already struggling to get affordable health care, and disproportionately affects those who are  low-income, people of color, young, immigrants, or who live in rural communities.

Together, we can make meaningful change for women and families. Click here to add your name to our letters thanking Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham and asking Representative Ben Ray Lujan to co-sponsor the EACH Woman Act.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Clinics to Stay Open!

From Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman’s Health

“Today I truly breathe a deep sigh of relief as the Supreme Court of the United States protected our three Whole Woman’s Health clinics in West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley from shutting their doors by partially blocking components of Texas’ omnibus antichoice law, HB2.”

“This law would have had a catastrophic impact on women and families across the state of Texas. We’re relieved that the high court has, once again, prevented anti-choice politicians’ from pushing safe and affordable abortion care entirely out of reach for the women in these communities.”

“These restrictions have nothing to do with protecting women. HB2 is a thinly veiled attempt to make abortion unavailable and unaffordable by closing down clinics. Today’s ruling only reinforces the fact that requiring every abortion clinic to turn into a surgical center is both excessive and medically unnecessarily.”

“We are emboldened by the Court’s decision, but know that this fight is far from over. We will continue to stand with the women of Texas to ensure they have access to affordable abortion care when they need it.”

About Joan Lamunyon Sanford

Executive Director of the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
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