House Republicans are continuing to press forward with HR 7, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” a legal step limiting abortion access, particularly to low-income women. One thing that has possibly helped the bill get so far is that it outlines an exception for rape and incest victims. This provision would in turn allow governments to decide who qualifies, putting women in the horrific position of having to prove the incidence of rape and sexual abuse. The IRS would be tasked with the grossly intrusive auditing of pregnant women claiming sexual assault. 


As Think Progress’s Tara Culp-Ressler explains, this is just one proposed legislation in a long line of laws that essentially open victims up to government audits. Regulations imposed by The Hyde Amendment in two states (and The District of Columbia) also force low-income women to prove their case in order to receive Medicaid coverage. In over twenty states, pregnant women must provide a doctor’s note in order to get coverage. With all the limitations and procedures that must be done, women often fail to get covered despite their best efforts; in other words, the exceptions to abortion laws for rape and incest are not even reliable or sustainable in practice. 


If HR 7 passes, and if other laws like it continue to pass, low-income women will not only be denied abortion access, but they will also be forced to recount traumatic experiences and plead their cases if they want any coverage at all. To help stop this bill, please send an email to your lawmaker. 


Thanks to Think Progress

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