The right wing of my Republican Party is a formidable obstacle to Planned Parenthood.
In Louisiana and beyond, women's organizations are raising the alarm about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which Petrice Sams-Abiodun of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast calls "the worst bill for women's health in a generation".
This is not a drill.
The House was originally supposed to vote on a health care bill on March 24, but the measure was pulled after many conservatives opposed it. I am thankful that Vermont has a Congressman and Senators that really listen to the needs of their Vermont constituency and have continued fighting against these attacks on such fundamental human rights.
Gerardi says the money will instead go to federally-qualified health centers, which Gerardi says, also offer a broader array of services than Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood abortion business president Cecile Richards it's not happy that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood.
As an obstetrician/gynecologist, I have dedicated my life to providing healthcare to the women who need it most.
The new bill could prevent government insurance from covering abortion.
Reduce access for all women, including those with employer-paid insurance, to no-cost preventive services, including birth control. Anger at politicians like Paul Ryan who would willingly take away insurance coverage and block patients from critical care.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast described some of the many potential consequences that could stem from the bill that would disproportionately affect women.
If you live in a rural area, in what might be termed a "medical desert" due to the dearth of nearby healthcare facilities, save for perhaps a Planned Parenthood center, the GOP pretty much thanked you for your vote, shrugged then turned and walked away.
But under federal law, Medicaid and Title X funds can not be used to pay for abortions. As a result, the notion that there are plenty of community health centers available in those communities to compensate for the loss of Planned Parenthood clinics simply is untrue.
Although the Republican plan would retain a federal requirement for insurers to cover maternity care and other essential health benefits, it provides a pathway for states to opt out of those requirements by getting a special waiver. That could coerce insurers into dropping the service from their coverage. Pro-life groups were initially hesitant to support the original bill due to their concerns that the health care tax credits it provides to people could be used for abortions. More than half of cervical cancer cases are in women who have never been screened or in those who haven't been screened in the past five years. Latinas and African-American women have higher rates of cervical cancer than other groups and are more likely to die of the disease. Reduced federal funds for state Medicaid programs will disproportionately harm women - women of color in particular. It also gives states the ability to revoke Medicaid from new mothers if they don't find work within 60 days of giving birth.