Local Support for Abortion Coverage

The Urban Initiative supports local advocates working to ensure that all women have access to insurance coverage of abortion. Current federal policies – and a host of copycat state laws – withhold insurance coverage for this medical care from women who qualify for government-sponsored insurance programs. All women should be able to afford to make decisions about their pregnancy and reproductive healthcare that is best for their circumstances.

In 2013, several cities across the country are taking action to demonstrate their support for comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all women and calling on federal and state politicians to reinstate coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care services, including abortion. Learn more about these local efforts below, and check back here to see which cities have joined the list.

Urban Initiative Resources

Cook County, IL

• Read the Cook County Board of Commissioners resolution here.
Read the press release from the ACLU of Illinois.
Learn about why this resolution was important to pass in Cook County.
• Read Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s Week in Review, featuring the resolution
• Read testimony from Lorie Chaiten, Director of the Reproductive Rights Project at the ACLU of Illinois, here.

Madison, WI

Read an Op-Ed from Alder Lisa Subeck, sponsor of the resolution, here.
Read more from ThinkProgress.
Read more from RH Reality Check.
Read more from the Badger Herald here.
Read more the National Institute of Reproductive Health Press Release here.
Read the Common Council Resolution here.
Read testimony from Nora Cusack of the Women’s Medical Fund.
Read testimony from Madison resident Cynthia Lin.
Read testimony from Madison resident Allison Sambo.

Seattle, WA

Read RH Reality Check’s coverage of the resolution here.
Read the Seattle City Council’s press release here.
Read the City Council’s resolution here.
Read more on Legal Voice’s blog here.
Read a guest editorial in The Stranger, also supporting the resolution, here.
Read more on harmful coverage bans like the federal Hyde Amendment here, on NARAL Pro-Choice Washington’s blog.

Travis County, TX

Read the Travis County, TX County Commissioners' resolution here.
• Read testimony from the Travis County Commissioners Court hearing from the following:
     - Blake Rocap, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
     - Sarah Friesema Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity

New York City, NY

Read the New York City Council's resolution here.
Read NARAL Pro-Choice New York & the National Institute for Reproductive Health’s press release here.
• Read testimony from the New York City Council Committee on Women's Issues hearing on Resolution No. 1635-A from the following:
     - Andrea Miller, NARAL Pro-Choice New York & the National Institue for Reproducitve Health
     - Joan Malin, Planned Parenthood of New York City
     - Dr. Anne Davis, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
     - Alison Turkos, New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF)
     - Jordan Goldberg, Center for Reproductive Rights

Philadelphia, PA

Read the Philadelphia Board of Health's resolution here.
Read the National Institute for Reproductive Health’s press release here.
Read the Promising Model on the Philadelphia Board of Health Resolution here.
Read more from the Philadelphia Inquirer here.
Read more from Philadelphia Weekly here.
Read more from RH Reality Check here.
Listen for coverage on the resolution by Newsworks here (begins at 5:40).
Read Catholics for Choice’s press release here.
Read more about the resolution from the Center for Reproductive Rights on RH Reality Check here.

Cambridge, MA

Read the Cambridge City Council Resolution here.
Read the National Institute for Reproductive Health’s press release here.
Read more about the resolution on WBUR’s CommonHealth Blog here.
Read more from Wicked Local Cambridge.
• Read testimony from the Cambridge City Council’s hearing from the following:
     - Diane Roseman & Megan Smith, EMA Fund volunteers
     - Ravina Daphtary, Cambridge Resident
© 2012 National Institute for Reproductive Health