Chelsea Clinton & Cecile Richards are Frustrated with The Senate's Health Care Bill
“They did what?!”
That was my reaction when Chelsea Clinton and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards addressed an audience of approximately 2,000 women at BlogHer17 conference, that Senate Republicans released the text of their health care overhaul plan. Which included a drafting process where women were literally shut out of the room and the discussion.
“This incredibly important piece of legislation that was meticulously crafted by 13 white men,” Richards began — before Clinton jumped in adding “in secret” — “ends access to Planned Parenthood to millions of folks in this country.”
I don’t know ladies, but it seems pretty convenient to me, for men to make changes on something so easily when they don’t have a uterus and there would be no shift in their life and work if their wives were to get pregnant.
“If more people in Congress could get pregnant, we’d stop fighting about birth control,” Richards added.
You know, because they would not have to worry about morning sickness, dizziness or fatigue impeding their day-to-day operations.
Not to mention if you are not covered by insurance you must pay upwards of $9,600 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth. Then you must return to work 60 days after having the baby if covered by Medicaid, oh and make sure you’ve saved enough for childcare after those 60 days…that’s bonkers.
Clinton then went on saying, “Where do they [Republican male politicians] think they came from? Everyone has a mother and if you think you don’t, look at your belly button.” The women began to laugh; she then stressed the importance of using humor to move the discussion forward, “not just to keep our sanity, but to bring new audiences into the conversation.”
Both women stressed the importance of including women in the political process, from having more women elected to office to encouraging all women to show up to the polls, the way that women of color have turned out for recent elections.
Richards then went and noted that 1 in 5 women have been to a Planned Parenthood health center as a patient and that half of these are located in medically underserved communities.
And the care provided to women doesn’t stop at prevention and contraception.
If passed, the bill would end access to health care for millions of Americans, which Richards said is “one of the problems when you have people negotiating benefits they don’t actually need.” Richards exclaimed.
We as woman can still raise our voices!
Their first suggestion on how to take action right now: Call your senator, especially if you’re from battleground states like Ohio, Arizona or FLORIDA. Clinton even provided the number to call the Senate: 202-224-3121. Richards added that people can also text DEFEND to 22422 or visit the Planned Parenthood website for more information on how to take action.
“We can do something about this,” Richards said. “We can fight it and we can beat it.”
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