We know that every extra step to get an abortion prevents thousands women from accessing needed reproductive services - that's why the anti-choice groups fight so hard to add barriers. And insurance companies may be likely to skip covering abortion to avoid the hefty process of segregating funds. Finally, the agreement also strikes out language guaranteeing pro-choice plans and removes protection for abortion providers.
We did have some significant wins with the passage of the Senate Bill. We will officially see the end of pre-existing conditions and gender rating. The Milkulski Amendment passed, requiring insurers to cover preventative screenings and care at little or no cost to women.
At the same time, the Nelson compromise and the loss of the public option that could have expanded insurance access to 13 million uninsured young people are unacceptable. Our health cannot and should not be a bargaining chip in the political game of passing reform. We deserve better.
What can you do? Remind Congress that they are bargaining with OUR lives. Call your Senators today to let them know we are worth more than deadlines, dollars and political negotiations Then call your Reps and tell them that when the Bill makes it back to the House, you won't let them compromise on the backs of women and young people anymore.
We'll keep you updated on what comes next!