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Access to abortion after Massachusetts health care reform

The Hyde Amendment, which Congress first passed in 1976 and renews annually as part of the appropriations process, prohibits federal Medicaid funding for abortion except when a woman is pregnant as a result of rape or incest or when her pregnancy endangers her life. Currently, 32 states ban the use of state Medicaid funding for abortion except in the limited cases outlined by the Hyde Amendment. South Dakota, in violation of federal law, only covers abortion in the case of life endangerment. The remaining 17 states provide state Medicaid funding for all or most medically necessary abortions, primarily as a result of court orders.

Massachusetts is one of the 17 states which allows state funding for abortion to be utilized for all or most medically necessary abortions. In fact, several public health insurance programs in Massachusetts cover abortion care.

With support from the Society of Family Planning, Ibis launched a project to explore the impact of Massachusetts health care reform on low-income women’s access to abortion care. Specifically, we aim to investigate:

Study recruitment began in December 2011. Please check back for updates on this project.


For more information about Ibis’s other work investigating access to reproductive health services under Massachusetts health care reform, please see here and here.

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