Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker issued the following statement in response to Congress’s vote to approve funding to combat Zika:
“We are pleased that Congress has put aside political games and finally provided this urgently needed funding to combat the Zika crisis. However, our work to protect those most at risk is just beginning. Those already living with Zika and those most vulnerable, including the patients I see across the South, deserve compassion and access to the care they need without shame or stigma. It is vital that our lawmakers continue to provide the resources necessary for women and families to obtain the highest quality health care and make the decisions that are best for their circumstances.”
For forty years, Congress has allowed the Hyde Amendment to restrict access to abortion coverage for those receiving their health insurance through the government. We oppose policies that make accessing reproductive health care, including abortion, more difficult for patients. That’s why we need you to join in asking Members of Congress to be bold and support a bill that would remove restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion.
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2015 expands reproductive health care by ensuring that women who use Medicaid for health care are not denied coverage for abortion. The bill also prohibits political interference in decisions by private health insurance companies to offer abortion coverage. The EACH Woman Act ensures that a woman’s access to abortion is not based on her income, how she is insured, or where she lives.
Physicians invites you to be a Reproductive Health Raiser this fall by running in the Race to Deliver 4 Miler in New York City alongside amazing doctors, students, and friends. Our runners will be raising critically needed funds to protect women’s health and rights all over the country. Will you join us?
The Race to Deliver 4 Miler will take place on Sunday, November 20th in Central Park. Physicians will pay your race registration fee! Runners will receive a sleek Physicians performance wear t-shirt and celebratory post-event brunch. All you have to do is run (or jog) and raise a minimum of $300 through our new Reproductive Health Raisers campaign.
Email your friends and family and ask them to support you with a donation – or even by running themselves – in our fight to protect and expand reproductive health services that include abortion and contraception.
We hope you will consider joining us on November 20th at the Race to Deliver as we make strides to ensure reproductive health access is a reality for women and families everywhere.
Zika is on the rise in the United States and yet federal and state health agencies lack the resources required to address this crisis.
Although the House of Representatives passed a bill, it falls woefully short of the amount of money needed. Moreover, the bill has restrictions on family planning despite the fact that health authorities have recommended delaying or avoiding pregnancy for women at risk of Zika because of the link between Zika and serious birth defects.
It is critical that our elected officials break through the politics and act in the best interest of women and families by providing the resources necessary to address this public health issue. Join us in asking Congress to take action today!
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