Relief and disappointment
April 10th, 2013
President Obama unveiled his 2014 budget this morning. We commend the President for striking restrictions on D.C. funding of abortion for low-income women in his budget and for moving to lessen some of the restrictions on coverage for women in the Peace Corps. However, we join many other groups in the women’s health and rights community in our disappointment that he did not take a critical step toward lifting the current Medicaid coverage ban. President Obama could have taken this historic opportunity at the dawn of his second term in office to present a clean budget to Congress; he did not.
Every year politicians use the budget process to deny abortion coverage for women enrolled in any federal insurance plan. But it doesn't have to be this way. A budget is a moral document: it reflects our values. And as President Obama noted in his second inauguration speech, any one of us may face a crisis. Low-income women struggling to make ends meet should not be singled out for punishment by withholding the safety net.