Regressive gender politics are resurgent in 2017, as demonstrated by a Republican bill that would be devastating to womens health
A decade or two ago, the idea that 13 humen would be plotting the fate of American womens healthcare behind closed doors, that they would delight in defunding the status of women health organization Planned Parenthood and obstructing healthcare access of billions of American girls, would have felt like the politics of a bygone era.
Midway through 2017, it seems more like deja vu.
As Republicans prepare for their delayed vote on their updated measure to repeal and supplant the Affordable Care Act, womens groups and senators have vocally made out against male predominance of the healthcare debate exemplified by the GOPs 13-man working group that crafted the Senate bill.
The Democratic senator Kamala Harris told the Guardian the bill is awful for women, while her New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand has described it as a cruel joke and a blatantly partisan attack on women health.
But for many, its more than the substance of the bill that riles. Specifically, it feels like a return to a kind of regressive gender politics they hoped had passed in America: a politics in which humen make the decisions about what happens to womens bodies.
Its outrageous that the future of healthcare for millions of women lies in the hands of 13 humen, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, mentioned. Its clear they dont care about our opinion or our lives because if they had asked us what we imagine, marriage all be in a very different posture right now.
The Senate healthcare bill would increase the number of uninsured people in the US by 22 million, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, and is opposed by the American Medical Association on the grounds that it violates the Hippocratic oath.
It would also be particularly devastating to womens health, in a number of ways. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Senates health committee, called it nothing less than an attack on women health and rights.
Harris said: It blocks millions of women on Medicaid from getting care at Planned Parenthood. It permits states to stop requiring insurance companies to cover essential health benefits like maternity care and family planning. Women in this country will not be silenced on this issue. We will only get louder.
Under the Republican bill, females could pay as much as $1,000 more per month for maternity care, Murray told reporters in a conference call on Friday, and millions would lose access to even the most basic preventive care services at Planned Parenthood.
As Dana Singiser of Planned Parenthood put it on the bellow: If we listed all the cruel things this bill would do wed be here all day.
Often the men who tout defunding Planned Parenthood seem to have no idea what the organization actually does.
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