A Domestic Update
In this episode, we bring you up to speed on the current status of reproductive health in the United States. Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Jacqueline Ayers talks to us about the good and the bad of reproductive and sexual health in the United States since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA became an opportunity, for multiple populations throughout the U.S., to access affordable and reliable reproductive health services. Mandates like the women’s preventative benefit and the soon-to-follow birth control benefit allowed approximately 62 million women to access a range of contraception methods without out-of-pocket costs. Around the country, the birth control benefit improved the health and economic well being of women by ensuring NO woman would have to choose between paying for contraception or paying for other necessities, like an electric bill.
The bad news? State-level access to reproductive health programs have begun to teeter. Access to reproductive health programs and providers is constantly being rolled back, and states are often attacking access to abortion. The Trump/Pence administration has attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act four separate times while various elected officials endeavor to “defund Planned Parenthood,” and push for abstinence only sex education.