Bottom line: women win with reform
Normally, I am so closely aligned with these organizations you would think we were playing Follow the Leader. However, I cannot support their lack of support for the monumental health care reform to be signed into law today by President Obama.
Health care reform passed! Why all the pouty faces in the feminist corner?
These groups claim that health care was passed on the backs of women, and that poor women were thrown under the bus, but that’s just not true. Yes, abortion rights advocates (including yours truly) are incredibly disappointed with the impact this bill has on abortion access and coverage in the United States. However, for lack of a better metaphor, we cannot throw the baby out with the bath water.
Health care reform brings incredible and much needed change and improvements to the coverage of America’s women (and poor, and everyone else, but for the sake of this blog…). Here are some of the changes we should be celebrating:
So yes, we lost a huge battle on abortion; I hate that, in the final hour, it was women’s rights that had to be sacrificed. But it is a mistake to say that all is lost; I still consider health care a huge victory for women. Do you?
A note on Obama’s Executive Order:
My personal opinion is that this doesn’t really do much except shut up all the anti-choicers who swear HCR will create an abortion free-for-all. Language in the Senate bill already ensures that no federal dollars will be used for federal funding so either anti-choicers don’t know how to read or they just decided not to. Either way, I gotta go with Jan Schakowski on this one: “if this will make the bill pass and it doesn’t further erode women’s reproductive rights we can live with that.”
Is health care a win for women? Or do the increased restrictions on abortion make irrelevant any and all benefits brought on by reform?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
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