Support is growing among Democrats in Congress for allowing abortion coverage in publicly funded health programs.
House Democrats, who say they have a “pro-choice majority” for the first time in history, are vowing to end a long-standing ban of abortion coverage in Medicaid.
They also want to ensure that future government healthcare plans allow recipients to get abortion coverage.
This has been prohibited by legislative language commonly known as the Hyde amendment, which forbids public funds from being used for abortion except under certain exceptions.
“I actually think we have the American people with us,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a co-sponsor of a bill to eliminate the Hyde amendment and a sponsor of a Medicare for All bill that mandates abortion coverage.