Ep 6 – Stay Out Of My Uterus

Bold & Bawdy Episode 6

Stay Out of My Uterus

 

Episode Description:

In this episode we talk about reproductive rights and how the Trump administration has made shady moves that threaten women’s health and reproductive liberty. Get informed and take action, the midterm elections are just around the corner.   

 

Maddie opens the episode with a state of of affairs for women since Trump took office, and

questions why so many decisions tied to women’s sexual rights are made by 90% old white men. Lina D can’t stand the multiple conversations led by men regarding what women should be doing with their bodies. Westley talks about his fear of Handmaid’s Tale becoming a reality in this political environment.

Trump, Pence, the administration and Congress had already targeted women in the first 100 days in office. Read below for a quick recap of the issues. Want to learn more? Read this article from Planned Parenthood.

  1. Trying to Strip Maternity Care to Help Pass the ACA Repeal Bill: Pence and the House Freedom Caucus negotiated to revive the failed ACA repeal bill by giving states the option to eliminate plan coverage of the essential health benefits (EHBs). EHBs are core health care services that the majority of plans must cover under ACA. This includes maternity and newborn coverage, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and prescription drugs. This proposal eliminates maternity care, reduces women’s access to birth control, and raises insurance costs for women. It would create a situation where women may not be able to prevent pregnancy and get medical care once they’re pregnant.
  2. Undermining Protections for Title X, the Nation’s Family Planning Program: Title X is a law passed in 1970 by Nixon. It was the first federal subsidy to help lower-income families obtain access to birth control which started in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” Nixon thought the subsidies were not adequate and they were expanded. On March 30, Pence cast a vote in the Senate to dismantle President Obama’s rule protecting access to basic health care services through Title X and then Trump signed the bill into law. Under the Obama administration, the rule allowed for patients to have access to critical Title X care from the most qualified family planning provider available, regardless of whether it separately provided abortion services. Under the new law, anti-women’s health state politicians can block patients with low incomes from getting care from reproductive health care providers, including Planned Parenthood because they also provide safe, legal abortion.
  3. Confirming Anti-Abortion Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: 63% of voters agree with the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion, while 31% disagree. There is a small gender divide on the issue, with women agreeing on the decision at 65% and men just four points behind. On April 7, Trump’s allies in the Senate voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by a thin vote. Gorsuch’s judicial record threatens reproductive health and rights. Over the next few years, the Supreme Court could rule on laws that undermine access to basic health care, target the LGBTQ community for discrimination, and deny the essential right to safe and legal abortion. Justice Gorsuch has a history of going to extraordinary lengths to interfere with reproductive health and rights, and his alarming record and judicial philosophy leave no doubt that he will vote to restrict access to abortion.

 

We also cover the most recent policy

  • proposal by Trump administration to bar clinics that provide abortion services or referrals from receiving family-planning funds
  • This Impacts the $260 million Title X program- which provides basic primary and preventive services for low-income women and families.
  • The defense used is that this will ensure that taxpayers do not “indirectly fund abortions.”
  • The program could lead to doctors not being allowed to discuss comprehensive health-care options.
  • Planned Parenthood, which serves 41% of the 4 million people who get care through the program, could lose as much as $60 million in funding.

 

The Story in Iowa– a case study that shows the impacts to how Title X funds will be blocked

  • 4 Iowa centers closed, drops the state’s number of clinics to 8 effective June 30 and disrupts care for some 15,000 patients.
  • Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation into law in May, so that Iowa could decline $3 million in federal Medicaid money that funded family planning. The state declined the funding dollars on the grounds it did not want to funnel taxpayer money into abortion services
  • BUT funds are rarely used for abortion. It pays for other treatments a person might seek at a gynecologist or a urologist. People impacted might not be able to afford those visits otherwise.
  • Centers closed:
    • Sioux City, served 4,810 patients
    • rural Keokuk center, served 1,871 people and existed as the sole provider for 92% of family planning patients from surrounding Lee County in 2015
    • Burlington center, served 4,187 patients and offers crucial care to a medically underserved population
    • Quad City, Bettendorf center, served 3,829 patients.

 

The Facts on how the funding is used

  • Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million from the federal government each year in the form of Medicaid reimbursements and Title X grants.
  • Title X applies only to family planning: contraception, pelvic exams, HIV testing, pap smears, cancer screenings, all for impoverished and low-income patients seeking services at a publicly funded clinic.
  • It never funds abortion, but Trump gave states the go-ahead to withhold Title X funds from family planning entities that offer abortion services anyway.
  • Medicaid, is only used to pay for abortion when an unwanted pregnancy results from rape or incest, and when a pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother.
  • Exceptions are rare: 2010 saw 331 Medicaid-funded abortions. For reference, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logged 765,651 abortions for 2010.
  • In 2015, publicly funded clinics in Iowa helped prevent 11,000 unintended pregnancies and 4,000 abortions.

 

Know the Issues and Get Involved

https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/

 

What do you know about the issues related to:

  • Abortion
  • Birth Control
  • Fighting Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Paid Family Leave

 

Resources

https://statusofwomendata.org/explore-the-data/reproductive-rights/#section-a

 

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