Text: H.R.766 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 766 IH
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 766
To amend various provisions of law to ensure that services related to abortion
are made available to the same extent as are all other pregnancy-related
services under federally funded programs.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 31, 1991
Mr. GREEN of New York (for himself and Mr. FAZIO) introduced the following
bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Energy and Commerce,
Post Office and Civil Service, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, the District
of Columbia, the Judiciary, and Interior and Insular Affairs
A BILL
To amend various provisions of law to ensure that services related to abortion
are made available to the same extent as are all other pregnancy-related
services under federally funded programs.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the `Reproductive Health Equity Act'.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
  The Congress finds that--
  (1) abortion is a legal medical service related to pregnancy and the
  choice to elect an abortion is a personal, private right protected by
  the Constitution;
  (2) the Federal Government provides assistance for pregnancy-related care
  for substantial numbers of women under a variety of Federal programs,
  including the medicaid program, the Indian health care program, the Federal
  employees' health benefits program (FEHBP), the program of health care
  for military dependents and retirees (CHAMPUS), the Peace Corps program,
  general payments to the District of Columbia, and the program of medical
  services to Federal penal and correctional institutions;
  (3) pregnant women who otherwise are provided pregnancy-related care under
  these programs have been denied equal access to health care services due
  to Congress' severe and unjustified restrictions on their freedom to choose
  services that relate to abortion; and
  (4) denial of access to health care services because those services relate
  to abortion is unjust and unfair to pregnant women who are or whose spouses
  are employed by the Federal Government or who otherwise are dependent
  on the Federal Government for health care and threatens the health and
  well-being of themselves and their families.
SEC. 3. MEDICAID PROGRAM.
  Section 1902(a)(10) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)),
  relating to medical assistance under the medicaid program, is amended--
  (1) by striking `and' at the end of subparagraph (D);
  (2) by inserting `and' at the end of subparagraph (E); and
  (3) by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following new subparagraph:
  `(F) for making medical assistance available with respect to services
  related to abortion to the same extent as such assistance is provided with
  respect to other pregnancy-related services;'.
SEC. 4. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM.
  Section 8904 of title 5, United States Code, relating to the type of
  benefits under the Federal employees' health benefits program, is amended
  by adding at the end the following new sentence: `All plans contracted for
  under this section shall include benefits for services related to abortion
  to the same extent as for other pregnancy-related services.'.
SEC. 5. INDIAN HEALTH CARE.
  (a) GENERAL AUTHORITY- Section 201(a) of the Indian Health Care Improvement
  Act (25 U.S.C. 1621(a)), relating to the direct or indirect patient care
  program for Indians, is amended by inserting after the first sentence the
  following new sentence: `Funds appropriated pursuant to this section for each
  fiscal year are available to provide services related to abortion to the same
  extent as such funds are available for other pregnancy-related services.'.
  (b) CONFORMING REPEAL- Section 706 of the Indian Health Care Improvement
  Act (25 U.S.C. 1676) is repealed.
SEC. 6. MILITARY HEALTH CARE.
  (a) MEMBERS AND FORMER MEMBERS- Section 1074 of title 10, United States
  Code, relating to medical and dental care for members and certain former
  members of the uniformed services, is amended by adding at the end the
  following new subsection:
  `(d) Medical care provided under this section shall include services related
  to abortion to the same extent as such care includes other pregnancy-related
  services.'.
  (b) DEPENDENTS- Section 1077(a)(8) of such title, relating to medical care
  for dependents of members of the uniformed services, is amended by inserting
  before the period at the end the following: `, including services related
  to abortion to the same extent as other pregnancy-related services'.
SEC. 7. PEACE CORPS.
  Section 5(e) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2504(e)), relating to
  health care for Peace Corps volunteers, is amended by inserting before
  the period at the end of the first sentence the following: `, except that
  health care provided under this subsection to volunteers during their
  service shall include services related to abortion to the same extent as
  such care includes other pregnancy-related services'.
SEC. 8. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
  Section 502 of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental
  Reorganization Act, relating to the authorization of appropriations of
  the Federal payment to the District of Columbia, is amended by adding at
  the end the following new subsection:
  `(d) Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization provided under this
  section shall be made available for services related to abortion to the same
  extent as such amounts may be made available for other pregnancy-related
  services.'.
SEC. 9. FEDERAL PENAL AND CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS.
  Section 4005(a) of title 18, United States Code, relating to medical
  services to the Federal penal and correctional institution, is amended by
  adding at the end the following new sentence: `Notwithstanding any other
  provision of law, medical services provided under this subsection shall
  include services related to abortion to the same extent as they include
  other pregnancy-related services.'.