When elected officials push policies to deny insurance coverage for abortion care, they make it unaffordable for many women to receive quality treatment. As a physician and as a woman, this concerns me immensely.
For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.
There is a human cost of delay, less dramatic than deportations but no less destructive to immigrant communities: lack of access to affordable health care, both for unauthorized immigrants and for some who are in this country legally.
Many of the employers suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive benefit, including Wheaton College in Illinois, fail to offer employees robust parental leave coverage, an analysis by RH Reality Check shows.
Thursday’s decision makes it much less likely the Supreme Court will intervene quickly in the dispute over whether the federal government can administer subsidies for health insurance purchased on its exchanges.
For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.
Rarely, if ever, are Black women interviewed in the neighborhoods where they live and asked about a policy’s impact on their lives. As such, I felt it was high time for me to ask Black women in my community about their lived experiences with, and connection to, the laws that secured their right to vote.
The policy changes proposed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services would, among other things, increase Medicaid funding for health-care providers to provide birth control for women patients as well as vasectomies for men.
Organizers thought it was important to incorporate Women’s Equality Day in the Moral Week of Action since many of the policies at issue, including the state’s recent voter identification law, adversely affect women.
Among other things, Ferguson shows us that systemic racial injustice persists, often with “states’ rights” or “local rights” as justification.