Access to Health Care and Reproductive Freedom
Women deserve quality, affordable health care, and to have control over their own bodies.
All people deserve access to affordable and comprehensive health care, as well as the dignity, autonomy, and economic security to make the health care decisions that are best for them. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more women and their families have insurance coverage to get the care they need. However, constant attacks on the ACA undermine the health and well-being of Americans. Instead of attacking the ACA and access to care, women and families deserve action to address the maternal mortality crisis, lower health care costs, and expand access to care, including reproductive health care. Women need access to family planning to lead fully productive lives and control their own destinies. Restrictions on reproductive care and insurance coverage of reproductive health care, including abortion, particularly harm those who already face barriers to health care including communities of color and those struggling to make ends meet. Attempts to restrict access to sex education, contraception, counseling, and abortion at home and abroad are a harmful violation of women’s freedoms.
- Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755)
Since 2011, more than 400 laws have been passed that restrict and regulate abortion for medically unnecessary reasons. The Women’s Health Protection Act will improve women’s health by protecting health care providers’ ability to deliver abortion services and patients’ ability to receive these services free from medically unnecessary and onerous restrictions.
- EACH Act (H.R. 2234)
For too long, politicians have interfered in women’s health decisions by banning insurance coverage of abortion for women struggling to make ends meet, as well as Federal employees and their dependents, Peace Corps volunteers, Native Americans, women in federal prisons and detention centers, including those detained for immigration purposes, and military servicewomen, veterans and their dependents. The EACH Woman Act would reverse the Hyde Amendment and related abortion coverage restrictions so that every woman is able to consider all the options available to her, regardless of how much money she makes or how she is insured.
- Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R. 959)
The United States has a maternal and infant mortality crisis with the highest rates among developed nations. According to the CDC, 60 percent of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and black and Native women are three times as likely as white women to die of pregnancy-related causes, representing one of the widest racial disparities in women’s health. The U.S. must rectify this injustice and immediately act to ensure the health and wellbeing of pregnant women.
- Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization (H.R. 482)
Each year thousands of children are born with a genetic, metabolic, hormonal or functional condition that is not otherwise apparent at birth. Today, a simple set of tests performed at birth can detect these life-threatening illnesses before any symptoms begin. The Newborn Screenings Saves Lives Reauthorization Act will ensure that infants continue to receive comprehensive and effective screenings.
- Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (H.R. 987) and Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act (H.R. 986) (116th)
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition and essential health benefits such as maternity care are covered. Democrats are passing legislation to further strength protections for people with pre-existing conditions, lower prescription drug costs, and reverse the Trump Administration’s health care sabotage. H.R.986 passed the House of Representatives May 9, 2019, and H.R. 987 passed the House May 16, 2019.