Why America Is a Global Outlier on Abortion

July 22, 2016

(The Atlantic) – A pregnant American woman on Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for the poor, is covered if she goes into labor and has a baby. But if she opts to have an abortion, she’s on her own. A policy called the Hyde Amendment restricts government funding of abortion through Medicaid in most cases. And in this, the U.S. is an outlier: Most other governments that allow abortion also publicly fund it in some way, according to an analysis of 80 countries published Friday in the journal Contraception. Just 21 nations, including the likes of Belarus, Bahrain, and Kyrgyzstan, provide as little government support for abortion care as the U.S. does.