I appreciate (and agree wholeheartedly with) Obama’s response to Akin:
Rape is rape… What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, the majority of which are men, making decisions that affect the health of women.
However, I still haven’t forgotten Obama’s condescending response on the emergency contraception ruling last year, where he (also a politician and a man) made a decision that affects women’s health that is not backed up by scientific facts:
As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over the counter medicine. The reason Kathleen made this decision is that she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or 11-year-old going to a drug store would be able to, alongside bubble gum or batteries be able to buy a medication that potentially if not used properly can have an adverse effect.
In fact, this ruling disregarded the recommendations of FDA scientists.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) effectively defunded his state’s Planned Parenthood earlier this year by barring it and any other “abortion affiliates” from receiving funds under the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP). The government eventually cut off the program for not complying with the law, but Perry insisted he’d continue it — but on his own terms.
It turns out those terms mean blocking funding for anyone who even talks about abortion.
In a letter explaining the Texas Department of Health and Human Services’s proposed new rules, they have expanded their ban from “affiliates” (abortion providers or clinics attached to abortion providers) to “promoters” and those who affiliate with “promoters.”..
Banning “promotion” effectively means banning any women’s health care provider who mentions the word abortion or has informational material about how a woman might be able to seek out the procedure. Banning those who affiliate with someone who promotes abortion even further broadens the number of facilities that will not be able to recieve state funds.
This is outrageous! Women of Texas, take note.
See this and more on my Pinterest War on Women wall of shame.
Thirty-two million people will gain access to health care insurance coverage including sixteen million people who will gain access through Medicaid. What does this mean for individuals with vaginae/uteri? How will this affect our health and healthcare coverage?
(Excerpts taken from a recent Feminist Majority post)
Subsidies to purchase coverage
No Co-Pays or Deductibles for Preventive Care including Birth Control
Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Conditions Eliminated
Bans Insurers from Dropping Coverage Because of Illness
Mandatory Coverage of Maternity Care and Specific Health Services
Mental Health Parity
Benefits for Older People
Ban on Discrimination against Lower Paid Employees
Addresses National Nursing and Primary Care Physicians Shortage
*Update: I changed the title to reflect how the Affordable Care Act will affect individuals with vaginae/uteri — not just those people who self-identify as women.
I woke up this morning and my uterus was really heavy…and then I realized the religious right was sitting on it.
Poor women are now at greater risk for breast cancer death because of less access to screening and better treatments.