On January 23, 2017, the ACLU issued this vote recommendation on H.R. 7, the so-called “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017.” The ACLU opposes this legislation, which would make harmful, discriminatory abortion coverage restrictions permanent and interfere with private health insurance coverage for abortion. It would make permanent the Hyde Amendment and its progeny, abortion coverage restrictions that disproportionately impact those who already face significant barriers to care – low-income families, women of color, immigrants, young people, LGBTQ people, and those in rural areas. It also would make permanent a provision that forbids the District of Columbia from using its own locally raised non-federal dollars to provide coverage for abortion for its low-income residents. Additionally, it would impact women’s ability to purchase private insurance that includes abortion coverage, and rewrites tax law to penalize abortion.
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