Congress is a mess. But the one thing they've managed to do without fail — year after year, for nearly 40 years — is ban federal programs from providing health insurance coverage for abortion through the so-called Hyde Amendment and other similar restrictions.
The night of June 20, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a devastating budget that blocks low-income women from accessing free breast and cervical cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. This follows years of hostile policies that have left tens of thousands of Texas women without access to cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests and other preventive care.
The United States Supreme Court today declined to review a North Carolina law that would have forced a woman to undergo a narrated ultrasound before receiving an abortion — a measure that was blocked by both a district court and federal appeals court as unconstitutional.