Check out my latest on RH Reality Check looking at how the current framing we use to oppose laws that force parental involvement actually disrespects young people and strips them of their agency.
“Instead of facing the potential difficulty of acknowledging that all teens—regardless of circumstances—deserve access to abortion care, we trot out just a small fraction of the stories that are out there. This narrow focus perpetuates the stigma about young people’s sexuality that endures in both allies and opponents of reproductive health. Many sex ed organizations, for instance, tiptoe around teen sexuality as if it is something we, as adults, must put up with as a necessary, but distasteful, reality. While I have no doubt these kinds of talking points are frequently rooted in a genuine care for the health of adolescents, they imply that young people need someone to step in and tell them how to behave.”
Read full piece HERE.
Today, President Obama released the 2016 budget. This document will change over the coming months, but this is his statement about how we should prioritize our funds. I am incredibly disappointed that he included language that denies health coverage for abortion for women who use Medicaid benefits and other federal health insurance programs (service members, federal employees, Peace Corps volunteers, Indian Health Services, women in detention). However you feel about abortion, politicians should not get to impose limits on someone’s insurance based on their personal beliefs or political calculations.
The President could have stood put his money where his mouth is. He could have stood behind his State of the Union statements about the right to make our own decisions and removed the language that withholds abortion coverage for federal health programs. I am thankful that he did provide for the District of Columbia to use their own health funds to include coverage for those using Medicaid benefits, but I feel like he missed out on a chance to truly lead by putting the needs of women on the list of priorities. I wrote about this in 2013….sadly, it is still all too true.
READ – “Women Not on the Priority List: President Obama’s Budget, Congress, and the Struggle for Affordable Abortion Care“.