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Protect Women’s Reproductive Choices

By Susan Levy, PSARA Outreach Vice President 

PSARA is joining with several organizations who have been working with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s office on a strategy to address disparities in access to reproductive health care for low-income women. The Hyde Amendment, first passed by Congress in 1976, bans Medicaid coverage for abortion. Federal law also prohibits insurance coverage of abortion for women and their dependents who receive federally sponsored health care from the following: Medicare, the military health system (TRICARE), the Veterans’ Administration (VA), the Indian Health Service (IHS), federal prisons, and the Peace Corps.

Councilmember Harrell will be introducing a Seattle City Council resolution calling on the federal government to repeal restrictions on public insurance coverage of abortion such as the Hyde Amendment! This resolution is part of a national effort and will make explicit the City of Seattle’s stance that all women deserve equal access to reproductive health care.

PSARA views this issue as an important economic justice issue. We believe that all women deserve equal access to quality reproductive health care.

The tentative dates for action on this resolution are: 1. Hearing in Seattle Public Safety, Civil Rights & Technology Committee on Sept. 3, 2p.m., Seattle City Council Chambers; 2. Full council hearing on September 8, 2 p.m.

These dates may shift so if you want up-to-date information, email Susan Levy at outreachvp@psara.org or call the PSARA office, (206) 448-9646.

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