Any cut to Medicaid is a threat to reproductive healthcare. During this political War on Women, it is not unreasonable to assume that the first thing on the chopping block will be reproductive health services and women’s health care.
The term “pro-choice” has very little meaning if we are only defending the choice for those who can afford it.
Now that anti-choicers have moved the fight to contraception in a dramatic way, it’s tempting to stop defending abortion altogether. But we need to make sure we’re defending all women’s rights.
Reproductive health advocates must fend off repeated attacks on health reform, work on implementation and fix the flaws.
“What are they doing out there?” So-called prayer warriors misinform and mislead the public, intimidate clients, and prevent people from exercising their rights to health care.
Testing at home for HPV, Montana guts family planning program, Tennessee will reimburse vaginal and C-section births at the same rate, nineteen Senators sign letter supporting Planned Parenthood, and Dillard’s department store is sponsoring a fashion show to benefit Heroic Media, who is raising money for more racist billboards.
Beyond union busting, Walker now moves to eliminate access to contraception for low-income women and a return to allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for contraceptive supplies.
A republican attack on reproductive rights is nothing new on the federal or state level. Nor is it new for a debate that should focus on comprehensive reproductive health care to be taken over by the soul issue of abortion.
Kanye West’s bad-mood-producing abortion tweet; NYC’s racist, anti-choice billboard; the Tea Party’s “we’re not interested in the culture wars” culture-war agenda setting thus far; and midwifery saves money!
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed “deficit reduction” bill allows the Department of Health Services to abolish a family planning program that saves nearly $100 million per year in state and federal funding.