Abstract

This Article will scrutinize the separation of abortion from other aspects of women's health through the vehicle of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Part I will examine briefly why the fragmented nature of American healthcare has facilitated the separation of abortion from women's health, despite the fact that abortion is a medically necessary procedure for many women. To that end, this Part will explore the disjointed history of access to medicine juxtaposed against the strangely non-woman-centric nature of the fundamental rights at play in reproductive health. Part II will provide an overview of the ACA to explain the spending elements of the ACA that magnify greatly the limits on access to abortion in both public and private health insurance programs. Part III will summarize the jurisprudential changes resulting from National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius and analyze three ways in which NFIB affects women's health under the ACA.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2013

Notes/Citation Information

Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 40, No. 4 (May 2013), pp. 1357-1393

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