Map of the Day: States Banning Abortion Coverage


Recently, GOP state legislators have come up with a number of, er, creative ways to attack abortion and reproductive health. There are the efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, the Nebraska copycat laws (which ban abortion after 20 weeks, and were enacted in five states in 2011), the TRAP laws, the “Heartbeat” law, the “personhood” debate, not to mention ongoing efforts to dole out misleading information to women seeking abortions. There’s also been an incredible surge in state efforts to keep insurance companies from funding abortions—to date, 15 states have enacted some type of ban, and another 15 states have proposed bans this year.

“Taking away insurance coverage of abortion interferes in a woman’s ability to make personal, private decisions with her doctor,” says Ted Miller, spokesman for NARAL Pro-Choice America, which produced the map below. “We are concerned about women whose pregnancies experience complications because they could be forced to pay out of pocket for abortion, even if it’s necessary to protect their health.”

Below, bans “in exchange” (light purple) pertains to insurance plans mandated by federal health care reform, including private plans.

Map: NARAL Pro-Choice America FoundationMap: NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation

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