As various health reform bills move through House and Senate committee, coverage of reproductive health care, including but not limited to abortion care, hangs by a thread, and the drumbeat from the far right against coverage of primary reproductive health care has been growing louder. …
I don’t think we have a choice; we have to “bring it”.
Because even if you don’t support the FULL spectrum of women’s reproductive health care (you should), I can’t imagine anyone risking loss of well-woman exams, pap smears, STI tests, pregnancy care, and other forms of primary, preventive reproductive health care. We have to change the inaccurate stereotype that reproductive care is “only abortion”. So wrong!
Even if you’re a man, you either have a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, aunt, co-worker, neighbor, partner, friend…you get the picture…who is a WOMAN. This impacts you, too.
If reproductive health care is used as a pawn, tossed out as a “bipartisan” bargaining chip to get Republican and Blue-Dog Dem votes on a health care reform package, we ALL LOSE.
Cutting reproductive health care will NOT improve the system, will NOT save money, and WILL result in a sicker, riskier populous.
I’m purposely stopping here – so much more I could say. But it’s YOUR turn – let’s start a disucssion.
And let’s talk about how NOW becomes part of the list of groups “mobilizing constituents to protect coverage of basic reproductive health care”. Because WE ARE MISSING in her article. We know that’s wrong, but we have to make others know WE’RE HERE, TOO…and in fact, we can lead.
Read the article, make calls/write to Congress and the White House, and DISCUSS!