The EACH Act would codify Roe v. Wade, force federal health care to pay for abortions

NARAL, abortion group, EACH Act

The pro-abortion political attempt to codify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion through pregnancy in the U.S., continues with a group of congressional abortion supporters who are introducing Senate Bill S. 1021 and companion House Bill H.R. 2234. These bills are dubbed the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, known as the EACH Act, and are designed to expand abortion rights and funding.

Codifying Roe v. Wade would make the so-called right to abortion a federal law. The text of the bill states in the first paragraph:

All people should have access to abortion services regardless of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, language, ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, sex (including a sex stereotype; pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; sexual orientation or gender identity; and sex characteristics), age, disability, or sex work status or behavior.

The EACH Act also includes forcing Medicaid or Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan to provide coverage for abortion services, as Sarah Parshall Perry writes in the Washington TimesPerry notes that “the EACH Act would be problematic alone for its proposal to guarantee abortion services at federal facilities and by way of federal programs.”

As the bill states, it would require any federal health care providers to both offer abortion and pay for it. Likewise, Perry points out, it also “permit[s] qualified health plans to use the Health Insurance Marketplace tax credit, which was designed to help low-income individuals afford health insurance. (Such use is currently prohibited by federal law.)”

READ: World Health Organization promotes at-home abortions as part of new ‘self-care’ guidelines

The bill is sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and 27 other Democrats, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is officially classified as an Independent and had codifying Roe v. Wade on his agenda during his presidential campaign in 2020. It is sponsored in the House by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and 165 co-sponsors, all Democrats

As Live Action News reported recently, Congress has already attempted to advance spending bills without including the Hyde Amendment, which bans the federal funding of most abortions. While these efforts have not yet been successful, Perry’s argument is that the abortion-minded members of this Congress are working toward an end.

“Together, these bills form a nefarious trio: one requires federal health care programs and facilities to cover abortion, one ensures taxpayer dollars flow to abortion providers, and one invalidates virtually all state limitations on abortions,” she explained, “thereby codifying abortion policy on a national level.”

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