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Across the country, politicians are playing doctor – pushing for laws that intrude into exam rooms and conflict with professional and ethical standards of medical care. But this is no game. The laws they are passing put politicians’ words into the mouths of health care providers, prohibit providers from communicating important health information, mandate medically unnecessary procedures or outdated modes of care and much more.
Health care providers and women seeking abortions are increasingly subjected to legal requirements that make abortion care more difficult to obtain. These requirements are contrary to medical evidence and best practices, in addition to interfering with the relationship between health care providers and their patients.
The Patient Trust Act addresses the serious and growing problem of laws that impose politics and ideology on clinical care. This dangerous trend threatens evidence-based, patient-centered medicine, the delivery of quality care, and public health.
H.B. 1210, referred to as the “You Can’t Force Doctors to Lie” Act and introduced by Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin), is based on the fundamental concept that politicians are not medical experts, and that patients and their health care providers – not politicians – should make health care decisions.
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.
Statement of the National Partnership for Women & Families on HB708
Coalition to Protect the Patient-Provider Relationship Statement on Mandating Health Care Professionals Provide Unsubstantiated Medical Information
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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