Tulsi Gabbard claims to be pro-choice, and as recently as June 22, 2019, told Vox through a spokesperson that she supports abortion rights.
Yet as of June 24, 2019, Gabbard has not joined 190 Democrats who co-sponsored H.R.2975 - the Women's Health Protection Act of 2019, which protects "a woman’s ability to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide reproductive health care services, including abortion services."
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In that same Vox interview, Gabbard's spokesperson stated that she "would back using federal money to provide abortions."
Since early 2017, she has not voted with Democrats or joined them in co-sponsoring legislation that supports funding abortion.
The Hyde Amendment
In addition to making abortion illegal, permanently banning federal funding for abortions is a top Republican social policy priority.
H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, also known as the "Hyde Amendment" passed the House on January 24, 2017. This vote made banning federal funding of abortion permanent.
Several votes were taken on the amendment that day, and Gabbard was in attendance and cast two procedural votes on the bill. However, when the final vote on the Hyde Amendment was taken, Gabbard was not present.
Though Gabbard's vote would not have blocked it's passage, by leaving the House floor, she avoided making a record in support or opposition to the issue.
Many progressives view the Hyde Amendment as a vehicle for punishing poor women and women of color.
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act -- 115th Congress
H.R. 771, the EACH Woman Act, stands in opposition to the Hyde Amendment and would have permanently repealed the ban on public funding of abortion.
It was introduced in January 2017 and was ultimately co-sponsored by 137 Democrats including Keith Ellison, Grace Meng, Rosa DeLauro, Pramila Jaypal, Joe Kennedy III and Colleen Hanabusa.
Gabbard NEVER signed on to H.R.771
and the bill never made it to the floor in the Republican-controlled Congress.
HR 1692 was introduced on March 12, 2019, with over 90 sponsors, including a diversity of Democrats from Judy Chu, Eric Swalwell, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Ted Liu, and Rosie DeLauro to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ro Khanna, and Ayanna Pressley,
as well as Hawaii's other member of Congress, Ed Case.
There are currently 126 co-sponsors, and as of May 27, 2019,
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard still has not signed on to the bill.
EACH Woman Act -- 116th Congress
On March 20, 2019, Feminist Majority Foundation, wrote:
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act [HR 1692], which would repeal the Hyde Amendment and require federal health insurance to cover abortion costs, was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee and Sen. Tammy Duckworth in both houses of Congress last Tuesday. The Hyde Amendment bans federal funding for abortion with exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or a threat to a woman’s life.
The bill, which was originally introduced in 2015, would prohibit federal, state and local governments from passing laws that restrict private health insurance companies from offering abortion care, and restore abortion insurance coverage to the 28 million women who receive health insurance through the federal government and are currently denied coverage for an abortion procedure through the 1976 Hyde Amendment.
While the bill has been reintroduced in the House twice before, this is the first time the EACH Woman Act has been introduced in the Senate. Several senators and representatives have already shown support for the bill, including Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Patty Muarray, and Sen. Kamala Harris. Representatives, Jan Schakowsky and Diana DeGette, Pro-Choice Caucus cochair with Rep. Barbara Lee, have also sponsored the bill.
“The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed women’s constitutional right to make their own reproductive decisions, and it didn’t say ‘only wealthy women’ or ‘only women with insurance,’” Duckworth said. “Whatever you think about the Supreme Court’s ruling, we should all agree that what’s legal for a wealthy American shouldn’t be illegal or inaccessible for a poor American or a person of color—and that’s what this bill is about: fairness, equality, and equal opportunity.”
Hawaii State House of Representatives
From 2003 to 2004, Gabbard served as a Representative of the Hawaii State House. At that time, she used her married name Tamayo or Tamayo Gabbard.
In 2003, Rep. Tamayo voted against HB189 HD2 SD1, Relating to Emergency Contraceptives for Sex Assault Survivors in Emergency Rooms on third reading.