Alabama ranks high among states discouraging abortion

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According to an analysis released Tuesday by the National Partnership for Women & Families, Alabama is among the 12 worst states in America for abortion coverage and select workplace policies for women.

Released to mark the 40th year under the Hyde Amendment — a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother — A Double Bind: When States Deny Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Expecting and New Parents is an issue brief and map that identify obstacles faced by low-income women across the country.

Since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade, states have constructed a latticework of abortion law, codifying, regulating and limiting whether, when, and under what circumstances a woman may obtain an abortion.

The analysis found Alabama does not cover abortions for Medicaid enrollees and restricts coverage of abortions in the state health care marketplace, in addition to having no workplace protections for expecting and new parents.

Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming, also rank among the nation’s 12 worst states for abortion coverage and select workplace policies for women.

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