My name is Erika England and I am a social work student attending the University of Texas at Arlington. I am writing to urge you to oppose the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7). This bill passed in the House of Representatives, and then passed on to the Senate Committee on Finance. It would “permanently prohibit the use of federal funds (including funds of the District of Columbia) from being used for abortions or health procedures including abortion unless it is a case of rape, molestation, or a medical emergency.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortions are at an all time low in our country. However, abortions are still widely administered, and studies have shown that 75% or more of women who go forth with abortions are part of the low-income demographic. Women who are part of this demographic and cannot receive federal help for a desired abortion, often times attempt to find ways to create the funds.
These attempts include saving, borrowing, or selling possessions, which can delay the process and put the woman at a later stage in her pregnancy by the time she collects the funds. If a woman is simply not able to collect the funds, she may be forced to carry an unwanted child full-term, or find a way to abort the fetus that is not condoned by medical professionals.
With all of this in mind, I strongly believe that it is vital for women to be able to access federal funds for an abortion.
If a pregnant woman is part of the low-income bracket, she could be unable to financially support a new child. That is why most women resort to abortions. It’s not because they want to, but because they are in a situation where a baby would not be born into a well-equipped home. For this reason, most women struggle mentally and emotionally when going through the decision-making process (and the action) of getting an abortion. They should not have to struggle with finding a way to financially handle it on top of everything else. I believe if a woman is receiving federal aid for her medical funds, an abortion should constitute as something which can also be covered. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7) would diminish the chances of many women being able to financially obtain an abortion. In the interest of the women of our country, we ask that you vote against it.