Top 6 Issues for Women’s Health Care and Reproductive Rights

BesScription Wellness cares deeply about women’s healthcare and reproductive rights, which include access to safe and legal abortion, birth control, Planned Parenthood, proper sex education, Obamacare and health equity.

 

Safe and Legal Abortion

Since 1974 women have been guaranteed the right to a safe and legal abortion. Before then, abortions were legal in some states and banned in others. There now exists a concerted effort by some politicians to completely ban all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. If this happens, women will be forced to endure the health and economic hardships of an unwanted pregnancy, putting their lives and well being at risk. Furthermore, women living in abortion restricted states will seek illegal (and unsafe) abortions, putting their lives at risk. We need to elect leaders who respect the health and choices of women.

Access to Birth Control

Access to birth control is thought to be a given by many people. However, in a recent case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court abolished the contraceptive mandate, which, as part of the Affordable Care Act, required employers cover specific types of birth control. Moreover, some politicians are opposed to many types of birth control, and they want take things further and completely rewrite the law. If enacted, millions of women could lose access to contraceptives, putting women in peril and reducing the the health standards of the United States far below the rest of the developed world. We need to elect leaders who understand access to birth control is a fundamental right.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016, provides healthcare to millions of women across American. This essential care ranges from cancer and STI screens to contraception and wellness checkups. It has been calculated that one in five women living in the US has gone to Planned Parenthood for her healthcare needs at least once. Those who want to defund Planned Parenthood fail to acknowledge the lifesaving, professional help it provides to communities in 650 health centers across America.

Sex Education

Proper sex education is essential for a healthy society. Sex education reduces the rate of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies. Unfortunately, while abstinence-only programs have been shown to be ineffective they have been promoted by elected-leaders to favor ideology over scientific facts. Not surprisingly, many of the states with abstinence-only education in their public schools also have the highest teen pregnancy rates. In addition, many of these leaders are also anti-LGBTQ, and the want the LGBTQ community excluded from sex education discussions in the classroom.

 

Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) has expanded access to health insurance to over 20 million people. It is also now an important component of women’s health. People with pre-existing healthcare conditions can no longer be denied coverage. Women cannot be charged more by their insurance company just because she’s a woman. The Affordable Care Act makes mammograms, cancer screens, contraceptives, STI tests, as well as breast-feeding support and counseling. Unfortunately, many efforts are still in the process to repeal the law. We need leaders and citizens to stand up and fight for Obamacare.

Health Equity

Equitable access to healthcare is under attack in the US. Regardless of income status, gender or race, all Americans should have access. While Obamacare expands healthcare, many politicians want it repealed. While Planned Parenthood provides healthcare to millions of women, politicians want it defunded. And contraception and sex education are essential for a healthy society, politicians want to suppress and deny both. America is a participatory, self-governing democracy. The people choose leaders who enact policies which may or may not deny women these essential reproductive and health rights. If you believe in these essential core principles, act, vote, stand up and make your voice heard!

 

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