The legislation entitled The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act would remove the Hyde Amendment and use Medicaid funds to pay for abortions.
The legislation is dead on arrival as a strong majority of the House of Representatives is prolife.
The legislation, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Woman Act, is backed by dozens of women's health groups, who say it will help reduce unplanned pregnancies. About 65 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors.
Under current law, women enrolled in Medicaid, the government’s low-income insurance program, are not covered for abortion. The Hyde Amendment, though not part of a permanent law, has been attached to appropriations bills since 1976.