President Trump is the most hostile president the United States has ever had regarding reproductive rights and measures to promote sexual health. The current Republican health care plans (not dead yet) are an attack on obstetric and gynecological care showing nothing but contempt for women.
The assault includes blocking Planned Parenthood from collecting Medicaid reimbursement for a year, forcing 50% of Planned Parenthood clients to seek care elsewhere—in spite of the fact that alternative care does not exist in many states. Medicaid, which pays for half of American births would be cut. States would be allowed to let insurers opt out of guaranteed coverage for maternity care. That’s right, maternity care. Prenatal care and delivery without insurance can range from $9,000 to over $250,000 and with insurance, out of pockets costs range from $3,5000 to $45,000. I couldn’t pay that. Could you?
Three days after he was sworn in, Trump signed a global gag rule prohibiting foreign aid organizations receiving family planning funding from making abortion referrals or lobbying for abortion law reform. His move eliminated more than $8.8 billion in funding affecting the treatment of H.I.V./AIDS in the developing world. He doesn’t care about AIDS in the US either; he has no strategy to address the H.I.V./AIDS crisis in the US.
According to Michelle Goldberg in the NY Times, Trump has appointed anti-abortion, anti-contraception advocates to continue his campaign against women. He appointed Charmaine Yoest, the former president of Americans United for Life as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, Katy Talento, who has attacked birth control pills on a right-wing blog, to sit on the Domestic Policy Council and Valerie Huber, who promotes abstinence education as chief of staff to assistant secretary for health. He’s uses women to sabotage women’s health. And then there’s Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, who proclaimed that “there’s not one” woman in America who is unable to afford contraception. “Bring me one. There’s not one.” Really? What walled castle does he live in?
Poor women will bear the brunt of this administration’s policies but it will affect all of us. Americans with private insurance could lose coverage for birth control, abortion, and maternity care. That’s right, maternity care.
Why aren’t men objecting to the loss of health care for the women they love and their unborn children?
This is a concerted attack on women’s ability to control their reproductive lives and obtain prenatal care. This is a power grab not unlike Trump’s self-proclaimed grab of women’s genitals. Where is the backbone of the men in our country? Stand up for women’s reproductive health. We’re more than 50% of the US population. It affects you too.