NCJW Denounces House Expansion of Hyde Amendment and President Trump’s Revival and Expansion of Global Gag Rule

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January 25, 2017, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today denounced the 238-183 vote in the House of Representatives for HR7, the bill that denies insurance coverage of abortion. It would apply to nearly all women nationwide — even women using private funds to pay for insurance. HR 7 would also make permanent the Hyde Amendment ban on abortion coverage for all federally funded health care, including Medicaid and a range of other programs such as health insurance for federal employees, military families, and veterans. NCJW also denounced the action by President Donald Trump to reinstate and expand the scope of the global gag rule — the executive order that denies US government aid to any overseas organization that provides information, referrals, or services for legal abortion.

NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“President Trump and his allies in Congress have just begun a new campaign to dismantle women’s reproductive rights that we in NCJW pledge to resist across the board. HR 7 makes permanent the existing bans enacted annually that deny coverage of abortion to women enrolled in Medicaid and other federal health plans  and makes them permanent — a goal of the anti-abortion movement for more than 40 years. The bill goes further than current anti-abortion policy embodied in the 1976 Hyde Amendment by also restricting coverage in private insurance, refusing to allow the multi-state health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act to offer abortion coverage, even when women pay the entire cost of such insurance.

“HR 7 would also take away a woman’s ability to make personal medical decisions about her health and family according to her own faith. Such bans fall hardest on women struggling to make ends meet, disproportionately harming women of color, young women and immigrant women, with far-reaching consequences.

“The US rightly invests in international family planning and other global health programs to ensure women and families abroad can obtain needed care to reduce unintended pregnancy and prevent maternal deaths. By banning all US global health funding under the global gag rule for any international organization that even mentions abortion, the Trump Administration will force clinics and providers around the world to close their doors, denying reproductive health care to many thousands of women and girls worldwide, doing the most harm to low-income communities, people of color, ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable groups.

“NCJW firmly believes that as women we have a constitutional right to make our own personal medical decisions about our bodies, our health, and our futures, and each of us — regardless of income, insurance, where we live, or any other factor — must be afforded the actual ability and means to do so. HR 7 and the expanded global gag rule disregard that right and jeopardize a woman’s health, economic security, and ability to determine her own destiny.”