Accurate abortion data is needed to inform a variety of federal public health policymaking decisions. Currently, the CDC’s abortion data isn’t accurate enough and some states don’t report abortion data to the agency at all. Withholding Medicaid funding for family planning programs from states that don’t report abortion data to the CDC would likely increase reporting.
Like Idaho’s implementation of a mandatory “complications from abortion” reporting requirement last year, this bill is an attempt to use government interference in women’s private medical decisions to intimidate women out of seeking abortions. While not all states report abortion data to the CDC, enough do to provide the federal government with enough abortion data for policymaking purposes.