As I write this, one in two feminine-headed households in Illinois is only one emergency away from complete poverty. That emergency might be the lack of a job, an sickness, or an unplanned being pregnant, derailing years of labor towards stability and eliminating any probability of financial mobility.
Women’s financial safety will depend on their potential to plan their households. At Chicago Foundation for Women, we all know that reproductive selection is crucial to the success of the 69,000 women we serve. That’s why we solely fund organizations which might be dedicated to selection.
House Bill 40 protects reproductive selection in Illinois by making certain that abortion continues to stay protected and authorized in Illinois, it doesn’t matter what. But HB40 additionally removes restrictions on reproductive health care protection that put women’s financial safety in danger.
Under present coverage, women who depend on the state for health insurance coverage by way of Medicaid or state worker plans are sometimes denied protection for reproductive health care obtainable to women with personal insurance coverage. House Bill 40 does away with this double commonplace and ensures that a lady could make her personal selections about her health, no matter how a lot cash she makes, who she works for, or the place she lives.
When politicians deny protection for abortion care, it’s low-revenue women that suffer most.
Over 215,000 Illinois women are coated by Medicaid. Approximately half of all births to women coated by Medicaid and public insurance coverage are unplanned. We know that for some these moms, the monetary realities of paying for abortion care out-of-pocket meant that they had no reproductive selection. One in 4 poor women in search of an abortion is pressured to hold her being pregnant to time period resulting from lack of insurance coverage protection. Every lady’s circumstances are totally different, however the place a lady works or how she receives health care protection should not dictate her selections about her health. Women who’re denied an abortion usually tend to fall into poverty when in comparison with women who’ve entry to care.
Women who pay for abortion care out-of-pocket put themselves in danger doing so: 1 in 3 women report delaying payments — together with skipping lease and meals — with a purpose to afford care.
No one should have to select between retaining meals on the desk or getting protected, high quality care. We all need each household in our communities to be comfortable, wholesome and safe. In order for women and their households to realize full financial safety, all women in Illinois should be capable of make the necessary choice of when to start out or develop their household, with equal entry to the complete vary of reproductive health care.
I strongly urge Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign HB 40 into regulation.
Okay. Sujata is president and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women.