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In 2015, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.
The average woman who wants two children spends three decades – more than three-quarters of her reproductive life – trying to avoid pregnancy.1 It’s no wonder that more than 99 percent of women have used contraception at some point in their lives.
H.R. 7, the deceptively titled "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act," introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, is radical legislation that threatens women's access to medical care.
Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures for women; an estimated one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. The majority of women who have abortions already have at least one child and many list the need to care for their children as a primary reason not to have another.
Today, many uninsured or underinsured Americans receive their care from publicly funded clinics and health providers across the country known as essential community providers (ECPs). Many of these providers do not require insurance or any payment.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Improving health care has long been a priority for women, reflecting their experiences as patients, mothers, and caregivers.
Publicly-funded family planning services provide essential health care that low-income women urgently need. For many women, the cost of contraceptive services is a significant barrier to accessing this important care.
For the last few decades, most federal funding for sex education has been dedicated to abstinence-only until marriage education. Abstinence-only education has not been shown to reduce teen sexual activity, pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
FACT SHEET | Details on a bill that would return health care decision making to women and their health care providers.
States across the country are increasingly enacting laws mandating how health care providers must practice medicine, regardless of the provider’s professional judgment and the needs of his or her patients. As this report explains, these laws undermine the high quality, patient-centered care that health care providers and advocates strive to achieve. They are political infringement on the provision of health care – they are Bad Medicine.
In 2014, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many women of childbearing age will gain access to affordable health insurance for the first time.
The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act (S. 425/H.R. 896), introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D – Mich.) and Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa), and Congressman Eliot Engel (D – N.Y.), would improve the quality of maternity care for mothers and babies by ensuring that maternity care providers have the needed tools to guarantee that women have access to services that optimize outcomes for both mothers and newborns.
Medicaid provides critical health care for millions of lower income women and children who otherwise would be uninsured. At all ages, women and girls make up the majority of enrollees in Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. It’s already improving the lives of millions of women and families, and will get even better with time.
The National Partnership for Women & Families wants to again commend the Administration for the extraordinary effort that has gone into implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to date. We have long advocated for reforms that ensure access to comprehensive, affordable health care for all women and their families, with an emphasis on the needs of lower-income women.
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