A legislative backlash prevented Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives from considering one bill restricting abortion rights last week — but another bill they did pass would deny federal funding for abortions.
“This is a sweeping ban on abortion coverage will falls hardest on women who are struggling to get by," said Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.
Abortion procedures can cost between $350 and $800.
Before this legislation was passed on Thursday, there was a previous law stating that federal funding (through Medicaid, for instance) would not be used to fund abortions except in the most extreme cases such as rape and incest. But the legislation called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act would ban all uses of federal funds in health insurance plans to pay for any abortions.
When policymakers deny family planning and abortion coverage and make them unaffordable, it can jeopardize a family’s financial security, Buckley said.