US House's Shameful Attack on Women's Health
This week, the President signed an executive order to roll back women's birth control coverage. 55 million women in the US have benefited from this essential requirement.
And yesterday, House Republicans passed their dangerous new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If the bill becomes law, it will put women's health and economic security in dire jeopardy.
AHCA would take health care coverage away from tens of millions of people, and raise costs for many more.
The bill is especially devastating for women and families. It would:
- Allow plans to charge millions of women more than men for health coverage by having to pay more for plans that cover maternity care;
- Defund Planned Parenthood, denying 2.5 million people access to care;
- Slash Medicaid, resulting in less coverage and fewer services for those who are most in need; and
- Expand already harmful abortion coverage restrictions, denying women the care they need.
In 2014, 321,480 women in Louisiana were in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and supplies. Making effective methods of contraception available to women who want them but could not otherwise afford to use them consistently and correctly prevents a substantial number of unintended pregnancies. Unintended pregnancies cost the state and federal governments $651 million (2010). So preventing unplanned pregnancies reduces the incidence of the unplanned births, abortions and miscarriages that would otherwise follow.
Congressman Cedric Richmond (New Orleans) was the only member of the Louisiana delegation to vote against this H.R.1628. See the votes here