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Women's Health

Positions

LWVUS Public Policy on Reproductive Rights (For Complete position: Impact on Issues, pg. 33) The League's Position Statement of Position on Public Policy on Reproductive Rights, as announced by the National Board, January 1983:
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

LWVUS Health Care (For Complete position: Impact on Issues, pg. 87)
The League's Position Statement of Position on Health Care, as announced by the National Board, April 1993 and supplemented by concurrence to add Behavioral Health, June 2016:

GOALS: The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents. Other U.S. health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care.

Updates

March 4, 2020 - the Supreme Court heard June Medical Services v. Russo a case challenging a set of restrictions in Louisiana that not only interfere with access to abortion, but if enforced would close down clinics throughout the state.

The Womxn Project pulled together a group of 50 students and activists to travel to Washington, DC to be part of a demonstration aimed at urging the Court to stop the sham and to strike down laws that have nothing to do with health and safety and everything to do with making abortion care harder to get. They also met with members of our congressional delegation to urge their support of the Women's Health Protection Act, federal legislation that would prohibit the kind of medically unnecessary and intrusive laws that are up for debate in this case.

Board member Faye Zuckerman represented the League in Washington, DC.

2/9/20 - Mary Chace
Twenty nineteen was a stressful but successful year for women's health care in Rhode Island. After forty years and much hard work by the League, along with many groups and individuals, the Reproductive Health Care Act was passed.

Other legislation that we championed was removing gender rating from insurance policies; health insurance coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs; and a doula reimbursement act, which would address maternal mortality rates for women, particularly black women who die at 3-4 times the rate for white women. These did not pass.

This year the League will again advocate for prohibiting insurance companies from varying the rates charged for a health coverage plan based on the gender of the individual (S 2125); and providing medical assistance for expectant mothers (doula bill - S 2124.) So far these are the only health-related bills introduced for which we will be advocating. We will oppose H-7355, a House resolution recognizing the Fetus as a Human life upon the Existence of a Heartbeat.

The health care position of the League of Women Voters is that "a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents, and health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care."

This is our argument for supporting the S2124 and S2125. Stay tuned for additions.