In the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy for any reason prior to fetal viability. Today, on the 42nd anniversary of that decision, the House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 7, a bill that prohibits federal funding for abortion. Although Congress backed off of their plans to vote on an even more extreme measure when they realized they didn’t have enough support to pass it, H.R. 7 still poses a significant threat to women’s health, economic security, and religious liberty.
Tell your Representative to #EndHR7!
H.R. 7 would make permanent hazardous restrictions that withhold abortion coverage from women who access coverage or care through federal programs, such as women enrolled in Medicaid, Native American women, federal employees, and others. Ensuring access to safe, affordable medical care is a moral obligation. Insurance coverage ensures all women, regardless of income, can have uninhibited access to safe medical care provided by high-quality, compassionate physicians. It is unjust to force low-income women, who already face greater risk of financial and medical insecurity, to face barriers to health care services, including abortion care.
The UCC General Synod has given a strong historical witness in support of women’s freedom of choice and economic and medical stability for all. Help us raise our prophetic voice again—tell your Representative to #EndHR7!