Thursday, October 25, 2018

Dismantling Women's Rights: Contraception Restriction

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius warned in a recent Washington Post article that the administration is already seeking to restrict women's health care beyond what the Supreme Court has permitted under Hobby Lobby and administration efforts to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions.  Sebelius focused on pending regulations that would not only limit access to birth control  but access to information on birth control.  

Pending regulations would make access to contraceptive difficult for about 4 million low income women.  The regulations would create a "gag" order on providers giving referrals for abortion services.  We are familiar with these restrictions on overseas health who receive federal funds.  Now the administration seeks to implement the same restrictions on US providers.  The regulations would primarily impact lower income women who lack insurance.  Money saved from funding reproductive health care and low-cost contraception will be used to fund notoriously unsuccessful abstinence promotion.

As Sebelius informs "The draft rules, issued in June, not only would block any federal funding for family planning clinics that also offer abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood, but also would eliminate the current requirements that all health clinics receiving federal family planning funds offer a broad range of approved family planning methods, including prescription contraception."  All at a time when teen pregnancies have drastically declined.

The full article may be read here.



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