Monday, July 20, 2009

Women's health

Planned Parenthood called me today to ask if I would call Baron Hill's office about the healthcare reform legislation. Their big concern was that women's reproductive health needed to be included and women should not be left worse off than they currently are.
I can get behind that sentiment. Women's reproductive health seems to get caught in the crossfire of the abortion wars. And there is a lot more to reproductive health than abortion. Actually, with better access to reproductive health, there would probably be fewer abortions.
A quote from Abigail Adams keeps running through my head which I think is very apropos:

Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.

Sadly, that request is still needed in a lot of ways.
Healthcare reform is caught in the political battle it was supposed to avoid because neither side seems all that willing to compromise. With so many countries with working health care systems, you'd think they'd have a pretty good blueprint of what works and what doesn't and it would be a matter of hammering out a few details. But our politicians seem determined to reinvent the wheel and make it square in the process.

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