February 27, 2015
"Oregon Bill Would Ensure Coverage for Reproductive Health Care, Abortions," Nina Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check: Oregon lawmakers on Thursday proposed legislation that "would make Oregon the first state in the nation to ensure every state resident is covered for every type of reproductive health care, including abortion, under all forms of insurance," Liss-Schultz writes. According to Liss-Schultz, the bill is "part of a larger progressive legislative effort ... that will also tackle sexual assault and domestic violence issues." Specifically, the bill would require all insurers to "cover contraception, abortion, prenatal care, childbirth, and postpartum care, including breast-feeding support and folic acid without prescription," she explains. Further, she writes that the bill would bar insurers "from imposing cost-sharing for abortions at more than 10 percent of the cost of the procedure"; prohibit "deductibles for abortions ... altogether"; and "strengthe[n] and protec[t] existing abortion coverage under [the Oregon Health Plan] by removing it from the annual budget and codifying such coverage" (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 2/26).
What others are saying about the abortion rights movement:
~ "Texans Demand 'Trust. Respect. Access.' From Lawmakers on Reproductive Health," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check.
~ "76-Year-Old Texas Man Bikes 300 Miles To Raise Money for Planned Parenthood," Jenny Kutner, Salon.
"The Cost of Getting an Abortion is Higher if You're Poor," Maya Dusenbery, Feministing: Dusenbery highlights two recent analyses that demonstrate how "[w]hen trying to get an abortion ... it's very expensive to be poor." She writes that a Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress" report "estimates that 'the process of obtaining an abortion'" in Wisconsin, which has fewer than five abortion clinics and mandates that women take "two trips to the clinic to get an abortion" could be "'up to $1,380 for a low-income single mother saddled with charges related to gas, a hotel stay, childcare, and taking time off work.'" By comparison, she notes the analysis found that the cost would be about $590 "[f]or a middle-income woman living comfortably in a city with no children and public transit options to the clinic," which is not "even accounting for the fact that the middle-income woman might have insurance that covers the procedure, while the low-income woman's Medicaid definitely won't." Dusenbery adds that a recent RH Reality Check analysis found that "the abortion price tag for a poor woman living in Texas's Rio Grande Valley is similar: up to $1,599, not to mention a seven-hour round-trip drive" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/26).
What others are saying about abortion restrictions:
~ "Arkansas Governor Signs Telemedicine Abortion Ban," Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check.