244919 Breaking down the rules that treat some women differently than others

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:10 AM

Amy Allina , National Women's Health Network, Washington, DC
Reproductive justice means that all women are supported to parent the children they have, give birth when and if they choose and have the information and resources they need to experience their sexuality in a healthy and fulfilling way. This vision of support and respect for all women conflicts with existing government policies and programs that currently treat minors differently than adults, straight women differently than lesbians and women who want to contracept differently than women who need prenatal care. Provisions of the Affordable Care Act give reproductive justice advocates the opportunity to begin to break down some of these artificially created barriers. Uniform standards for Medicaid eligibility will mean that low-income women's access to prenatal care and family planning will no longer be determined by the state where she lives. These new policies will face opposition, though, and advocates need to be informed and prepared to mobilize support for policies that move us closer to reproductive justice.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe new programs or policies created by the Affordable Care Act that reduce barriers to reproductive health services 2) List the states in which Medicaid eligibility will change in 2014

Keywords: Advocacy, Reproductive Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic because I lead the advocacy programs at the National Women's Health Network, including analysis of the impact of health care reform on reproductive health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.