This summer, champions of women’s health in Congress introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act, which will lift the bans that deny women insurance coverage of abortion. This includes the Hyde Amendment, a harmful prohibition on abortion coverage for low-income women qualified for Medicaid.
Another thing introduced in 2015 that is amazing and groundbreaking is Empire and its lead character Cookie Lyons (portrayed by Emmy-nominated Taraji P. Henson.) This strong, complicated, take-no-prisoners woman embodies all of our responses to over-turning this ban on low-income women’s access to abortion and the introduction of this important bill.
For nearly 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has barred Medicaid from covering all medically necessary abortion services, hurting low-income women.
What Cookie thinks about politicians who support the Hyde Amendment:
Politicians should not be able to deny a woman access to abortion just because she is poor.
Cookie’s response to politicians who condescend to women:
Some politicians in Washington want to ban all abortions in the United States. Instead, they’re denying Medicaid coverage in order to make abortion unaffordable. But politicians should not interfere with a woman’s ability to make her own important health care decisions.
Cookie’s response to politicians who interfere with her medical care:
Women of color are particularly harmed by the Hyde Amendment because people of color are disproportionately enrolled in Medicaid.
What does Cookie do to politicians who take healthcare away from women of color:
The Hyde Amendment and the other restrictions on federal coverage of abortion (that impact military women and federal employees, among others) keep 20 million women from being able to get the abortion care they need.
What does Cookie want to do to politicians who take health care away from 20 million women:
This summer, champions of women’s health in Congress introduced the EACH Woman Act, which would repeal the Hyde amendment and the other restrictions on federal coverage of abortion.