March 26, 2015 — In today's graphics, we look at the nationwide reach of a Supreme Court case that could threaten women's access to affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We also spotlight the spread of 20-week and telemedicine abortion bans in the states.
Women's Coverage at Risk
An interactive map from the National Women's Law Center highlights how King v. Burwell -- a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) recently heard by the Supreme Court -- would impact the millions of women enrolled in health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace. The case tests whether individuals and families in states that use the federal marketplace can continue to receive tax credits for the purchase of health coverage.
NWLC's analysis details how many women are eligible for tax credits in each state that uses the federal marketplace, as well as the number of women of color affected in each state (NWLC, 2/18).
States Target Telemedicine Abortion
Conservative state lawmakers are increasingly moving to ban telemedicine in abortion care, including in states where such services are not even offered. A USA Today map shows where states have imposed such bans by requiring doctors to be present in the room when administering medication abortion drugs to a patient. Iowa's telemedicine ban is being challenged in court and is the only state that has passed a ban but continues to have such a program in place, through Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (USA Today, 3/17).
GIF Shows Spread of 20-Week Bans
Anti-choice state politicians have increasingly prioritized unconstitutional bans on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood's GIF, updated as of March 4, shows the status of such efforts, including ongoing court challenges (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 3/4).