Whether it be cervical cancer screenings, family planning help or potentially lifesaving prenatal care, we have made it indefensibly difficult for women to access reproductive healthcare. This is especially troubling given that Texas has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developed world and it directly affects our communities of color.
We must take necessary steps toward improving women’s access to affordable and quality healthcare, which include:
- Ensuring that a woman’s right to choose is not compromised by limited access to safe and legal abortion services or family planning help.
- Expanding Medicaid and funding family planning centers in order to prevent another mother dying needlessly due to complications before or after childbirth.
- Supporting policies that guarantee a woman’s access to birth control and emergency contraception.
- Protecting the Title X Family Planning Program that ensure millions of low-income Americans can afford access to reproductive health services, such as cervical and breast cancer screenings and well-woman exams.