The Election and Reproductive Rights

women's reproductive issues

After the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, senator and 2016 Republican candidate for president, Ted Cruz, released a campaign ad implying that we were just one justice away from losing on many important issues, including abortion. The campaign ad also features an interview of Donald Trump telling the interview that he was pro-choice.

Even though Trump has since gone on record saying that he is indeed pro-life, he seems to keep from speaking about abortion or other women’s health-related issues as he makes his way along the campaign trail.

So what does the next elected president in the USA have to do with women’s reproductive issues? A lot actually.

  1. A Supreme Court with a conservative majority would put Roe vs. Wade at risk.
  2. The federal judiciary (at lower levels) could be reshaped in order to fit desired outcomes.
  3. Federal laws that affect reproductive rights will need enforcing. If, for example, a state is not upholding certain protective laws, a pro-life president may choose to turn a blind eye (unlike Obama did when a few states refused to let Planned Parenthood receive Medicaid.)
  4. The continuation of the Affordable Care Act is at stake. This would leave millions of women uninsured and without access to necessary reproductive health care.
  5. Even if the Affordable Care Act continues to exist, the next administration could remove certain regulations, such as preventing birth control and other contraceptives from being included.
  6. If a pro-choice president is elected, several current restrictions may be loosened, or removed entirely. For example, the Hyde Agreement, which prevents federal programs like Medicaid from paying for abortions, might be repealed.
  7. An anti-choice president would likely try to limit the access of an American woman has to reproductive health care.

When choosing who to vote for this election season, I urge you to do your research on ALL the candidates and find out their specific stance on women’s health issues. Currently, all the Republican candidates running for president are anti-choice. While Trump believes abortion should be allowed in extreme circumstances such as incest or rape, Ted Cruz is opposed entirely.

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June Repro Roundup: The Latest Women’s Health News

June Repro Roundup

The Good

  • The Supreme Court decisions handed down this month are simply wonderful! Its decisions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will protect Americans’ health. Of particular relevance to this News Roundup – the ACA provides for preventive care for women, including Pap Smears, mammograms and contraception, without a co-pay. And, while not directly relevant to women’s health per se, the decision legalizing same sex marriage will improve the well-being of so many individuals and families!
  • Earlier this month, an Oregon House committee voted to advance legislation that would allow women to buy contraception without a prescription from a physician. Read more here.
  • While Americans are showing progress on their social beliefs (like growing acceptance of same gender marriage) they are also showing progress on their perceptions about abortionRead more here or here. 
  • SCOTUS rejects appeal for blocked North Carolina Ultrasound Law. The law would have required physicians to perform ultrasounds and describe the images to women seeking abortions. Read more here. 

    The Bad

    • Women seeking abortions in North Carolina will now have to wait three times as long with the 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill that recently passed. Read more here. 
    • Minors seeking abortion in Texas will now face even more restrictions. The Texas government just signed a bill that tightens judicial bypass restrictions. Read more here.
    • State laws restricting access to abortion are accumulating faster than ever and some states are trying to make the procedure impossible. Read more here. 
    • Nearly 5 million women, including 1.5 million Planned Parenthood patients, are about to lose critical preventive health services. If Congress succeeds in eliminating all Title X funding, these women will be cut off from birth control, well-woman visits, cancer screenings, and family planning services. With Planned Parenthood as the only family planning provider in some states, and many of these women living below the poverty line, they will have nowhere to turn. A key Senate subcommittee just voted for these cuts on June 23. Read more here or here. 

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