Women's Health Care in Washington
While the state of Washington is doing many things right in terms of protecting women’s health care, they do have some room for improvement. The state could be better at enforcing state laws that protect women’s reproductive health choices.
Here are some things Washington is doing right:
- This state supports and funds Planned Parenthood time and time again. More than 100,000 women and teens have received long term contraception in this state alone, a very effective way to prevent pregnancy.
- In 1991, the state passed a Reproductive Privacy Act which assures that every individual has the right to choose or refuse birth control. In addition, every individual has the right to choose or refuse an abortion.
- Their schools teach comprehensive sex education versus teaching abstinence only education.
Though the measures listed above have contributed to helping reduce statewide abortion and teen pregnancy dramatically, equal accessibility to reproductive health care is becoming harder and harder to achieve.
- In 2014, there was a huge budget reduction in Seattle which caused many family planning clinics to shut their doors.
- US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane continues to advocate for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Why is it that the poor, uninsured, and minority women struggle the most when trying to find adequate family planning and abortion services? Access to health care should not be dependent on the socioeconomic status of the individual regardless of which state, country, or planet you're from.
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