Budget Amendments 4-5.04 #1s (Sutterlein) and 4-5.04 #1H (LaRock) repeal existing state funding for Medicaid-eligible women who seek an abortion after a physician certifies in writing that the fetus suffers from a severe and totally incapacitating fetal anomaly. These budget amendments are the latest in a long line of attempts by politicians to restrict Virginia women’s access to abortion. Virginia denies state funding to Medicaid-eligible women who seek an abortion except in cases of rape, incest, when her life is at risk, and in cases of incapacitating fetal anomaly. It is unconscionable that politicians would seek to further restrict abortion access for a low-income woman facing one of these incredibly complex circumstances.
A woman struggling to make ends meet needs to be able to make important personal decisions based on what is best for her, her family, and her circumstances.
- By withholding healthcare assistance funds from women who qualify for them, politicians are placing an undue burden on low-income women who already face substantial obstacles in their ability to access medical care.
- Virginia lawmakers should not pass legislation that results in women with low incomes being further denied access to essential reproductive health care services.
- Ensuring funding to a woman who qualifies for it helps better ensure that she will be able to see a licensed, quality health provider.
- Virginia should not exclude certain people from access to the safe medical care we know others can obtain based on her income or where she gets her health insurance.
- A Medicaid-eligible woman in Virginia should not be deprived of essential reproductive health care services just because she is low-income.