In her reader diary, Josh Truitt reports that Senator John Kerry has introduced the Women’s Health Insurance Fairness Act, legislation that would prevent insurers in the individual market from charging more based on gender.
Abortion providers have been threatened, attacked, and even murdered by anti-choice extremists. If the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights recognizes them as women’s rights defenders, would providers be better protected?
The presidential candidates have been challenged with the same question again and again: In our unprecedented economic crisis, what programs or services will you cut? If they cut family planning services, other reproductive health costs are sure to spiral leaving “Jane the plumber” without the critical health services she needs.
Critical maternal health interventions can be funded without overhauling health systems. What’s missing is the political will.
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The new HHS provider conscience regulations aren’t a problem simply for women of childbearing age. Your body is now the tableau of conscience for whatever doctor or pharmacist you draw.
HHS has released its proposed regulation to “help protect health care providers from [religious] discrimination.” The good news is it no longer attempts to re-define abortion to include birth control. But the regulation no longer defines pregnancy or abortion at all.