31 Mar Oppose the “Free Abortion” Bill Now
On April 7, the California Senate Health Committee will hear public statements on SB 245.
SB 245 is the “Free Abortion” Bill. If passed, SB 245 will force all private insurance companies to pay for abortion free of charge — no co-pays, no deductibles.
“Everyone should have the right to make their own decision about when, if and how to start a family,” SB 245’s sponsor, Senator Lena Gonzalez, said.
“Yet when it comes to Black, Latinx, Indigenous, trans and non-binary individuals, people with disabilities, young people, low-income and rural families and women of color—that choice, that constitutional right can quickly disappear under the financial strain of co-payments, deductibles and debt.”
There are so many things wrong with Gonzalez’s statement.
- There is no constitutional right to abortion.
- SB 245 will encourage abortions. SB 245 will encourage abortion by forcing insurance companies to subsidize costs, making abortion “free.”
- SB 245 is discriminatory. If the state is now in the business of helping people decide when and how to start a family, why does SB 245 exclude pregnant women planning to parent their babies, or women seeking to adopt? The truth is SB 245 forces companies to pay for 100% of the cost of abortions but does not require companies to pay for the costs of giving birth or efforts to adopt.
- SB 245 is inconsistent. Why stop at abortion copays? Why not demand insurance companies pay co-pays for all sorts of “women’s health” issues like breast cancer treatments, Pap smears, hysterectomies, fertility treatments, tubal ligations, or even men’s fertility issues like erectile dysfunction, and vasectomy reversals? Why does abortion have to be free for all?
- SB 245 erodes federal law. The Weldon Amendment clearly says that health plans are not required to cover or pay for abortion. States receiving federal funds may not discriminate against health plans based on their decision not to cover or pay for abortions. The worst sort of discrimination against a plan that does not cover or pay for abortion would be to drive it out of existence, which is what California is doing.
California already requires all private health insurance plans to include coverage for abortion. In December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services threatened to withhold $200 million from California unless the state changed course.
With SB 245, the Once Golden State is doubling down, attempting to force companies to pay abortion co-pays as well. It’s another way to redistribute the wealth to abortion providers.
Voice your opposition to SB 245 today by calling the members of the Senate Health committee:
Senator Richard Pan (Chair)
(916) 651-4006; (916) 651-1529 and (916) 262-2904
Senator Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair)
(916) 651-4028; (951) 894-3530 and (760) 398-6442
Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman
(916) 651-4005 and (209) 948-7930
Senator Lena A. Gonzalez
(916) 651-4033; (562) 256-7921 and (323) 277-4560
Senator Shannon Grove
(916) 651-4016; (661) 323-0443 and (760) 228-3136
Senator Melissa Hurtado
(916) 651-4014; (661) 395-2620;
(559) 585-7161 and (559) 264-3070
Senator Connie M. Leyva
(916) 651-4020; (909) 888-5360 and (909) 469-1110
Senator Monique Limón
(916) 651-4019; (805) 965-0862 and (805) 988-1940
Senator Richard D. Roth
(916) 651-4031; (951) 680-6750 and (951) 443-4078
Senator Susan Rubio
(916) 651-4022 and (626) 430-2499
Senator Scott D. Wiener
(916) 651-4011 and (415) 557-1300