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Promoting health through the life course

Donald Trump vs. Women’s Health

In the US delayed detection is one of the reasons that a disease like cervical cancer has one of the lowest survival rates in the developed world. This is due in some part to lack of healthcare insurance cover, where women seek help far too late. In addition, Trump is undermining the fight against cervical cancer by seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, which performs some 270,000 cervical screenings annually. Then there is the expanded global gag rule which slashes abortion advice and the cut-off of funds for the UN Population Fund, another major player in reducing cervical cancer deaths

May 20, 2017
New York Times

Trump signs resolution allowing U.S. states to block family planning funds

President Donald Trump signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners. “Allowing states to withhold Title X funding from family planning clinics won’t make anyone safer or healthier – it will instead place essential services out of reach, a spokesperson for Physicians for Reproductive Health said, adding that for many the clinics are the only place where they can receive affordable health services such as disease testing

April 13, 2017
Reuters, Bloomberg

Health systems

Once again, 13 men wrote a bill that’s bad for women’s health

Childbirth in the US is already dangerous, but the Senate health bill would make it worse. Medicaid is incredibly important for reproductive health as it pays for half of all births, including two-thirds of unplanned births. It will be cut severely, and Planned Parenthood funding will stop as it becomes a prohibited entity. It will be harder for women to access abortions and health care in other insurance-related ways as restrictions to access are tightened. It makes essential health benefits optional

June 23, 2017
June 22, 2017

Exit interview: NOW’s O’Neill on GOP health policy and maternal deaths

Terry O’Neill, outgoing head of the U.S. National Organization for Women said ‘there is a connection between increasing maternal mortality in the USA and GOP policies under consideration in the U.S. Congress. The United States has the worst maternal death rate in the developing world and research suggests health-related complications — including diabetes and hypertension as well as mental health and substance abuse — are major contributing factors. These outcomes will worsen if Congress succeeds in scaling back Medicaid, which funds half of all births in the U.S., defunding Planned Parenthood and allowing states to opt out of Obamacare`s essential health benefit requirement that include maternity and mental health services’

June 18, 2017
USA Today

The Health Care Bill’s Insults to Women

The New York Times Editorial Board attacks the planned GOP Health Care Bill as being discriminatory to women. It lists many examples to back up its case: stripping funding from planned parenthood, eliminating essential services such as mammograms, birth control and prenatal and maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs may be ‘optional’ at a state-by-state level and Medicaid is slashed by $880bn. Almost half of all births in the USA are covered by Medicaid, and 75% of all publicly funded family planning services 

May 12, 2017
New York Times