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Unformatted text preview: 8031952ecc5cc1411dee3ba19209b2e62f9aec4f Dartmouth 2K9CJ Lab Takumi, Sungmin, Emma, Abe, Sara 1 Last printed 7/27/2009 8:59:00 AM 1 8031952ecc5cc1411dee3ba19209b2e62f9aec4f Dartmouth 2K9CJ Lab Takumi, Sungmin, Emma, Abe, Sara 2 1AC [1/ 21 ] CONTENTION ONE IS INHERENCY. Women on Medicaid cant get abortions; the Hyde amendment blocks funding. Guttmacher Institute (supports social science research, policy analysis and public education concerning sexual and reproductive issues) 7/8/ 09 (RESTRICTING MEDICAID FUNDING FOR ABORTION FORCES ONE IN FOUR POOR WOMEN TO CARRY UNWANTED PREGNANCIES TO TERM, Rebecca Wind [Senior Communications Associate @ Guttmacher], July 8 2009, http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Women_s_Health_260/Restricting_Funding_for_Abortion_Forces_1_in_4_Poor_Women_to _Carry_Unwanted_Pregnancies_to_Term.shtml ] Approximately one-fourth of women who would obtain a Medicaid-funded abortion if given the option are instead forced to carry their pregnancy to term when state laws restrict Medicaid funding for abortion , because they lack the money to pay for the procedure themselves . According to a new report, Restrictions on Medicaid Funding for Abortions: A Literature Review, by the Guttmacher Institute and Ibis Reproductive Health, Medicaid funding restrictions also delay some womens abortion by 23 weeks, primarily because of difficulties women encounter in raising funds to pay for the procedure. Currently, 32 states and the District of Columbia allow Medicaid funds to be used for an abortion only in cases of rape and incest, or if the womans life is endangered, in accordance with the federal Hyde Amendment; only 17 states have policies to use their own funds to pay for all or most medically necessary abortions. Lacking insurance coverage, some poor women need a considerable amount of time to come up with the money to pay for an abortion, and may have to pull resources from other family necessities, like food or rent, if they are able to find the funds at all. As the cost of the procedure increases with gestation, many poor women become trapped in a vicious cycle of scrambling to raise enough money before the costand riskincrease further, while others are left with no recourse but to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. The research literature clearly shows that restricting Medicaid funding for abortion forces many poor women already at greatest risk of unintended pregnancyto carry an unwanted pregnancy to term , says Stanley Henshaw, Guttmacher Institute senior fellow and the studys lead author. Antiabortion advocates are using these restrictions in a misguided attempt to reduce the nations abortion rate. Instead, we should be focusing on reducing the underlying cause of abortionunintended pregnancyby ensuring better access to and use of contraceptives. 2 8031952ecc5cc1411dee3ba19209b2e62f9aec4f Dartmouth 2K9CJ Lab Takumi, Sungmin, Emma, Abe, Sara 3 1AC (2/...
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