Women’s Rights

We remain committed to a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body, including the use of birth control and abortion. We believe Roe V. Wade is settled law and strongly condemn any attempt to overturn it. We will defend the ACA, which extends affordable preventive health care to women, including no-cost contraception, and prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender.

Planned Parenthood

  • The CDC named family planning, including access to contraception, one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century
  • College enrollment was 20% higher among women who could access the birth control legally by age 18 in 1970, compared with women who could not
  • Between 1969 and 1980, the dropout rate among women with access to the pill was 35% lower than women without access to the pill
  • Federally funded family planning programs are associated with significant reductions in child poverty rates and poverty in adulthood
  • The rate of teen pregnancy in the US has declined to its lowest level in 40 years. An analysis of National Survey of Family Growth found that contraception for 86% of the recent decline in teen pregnancy
  • Family planning services available through Medicaid and Title X help women prevent 2.2 million unintended pregnancies each year
  • 78% of PP patients live with incomes of 150% of the federal poverty level or less
  • In 2013, 14% of PP patients were black, and the number of black patients increased by 12% from 2003-2013
  • In 2013, 22% of PP patients were Latina
  • Only 3% of PP services are abortions

Abortion Restrictions

  • 32 states and DC prohibit the use of state funds for abortion except in cases when federal funds are available (where the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest)
  • 28 states require a waiting period. 14 of these states have laws that effectively require the woman to make 2 separate trips to the clinic
  • 28 states allow the production of “Choose Life” license plates
  • 15 of those states donate a portion of the proceeds to specific antichoice organizations
  • Congress voted 7 times to defund PP in 2015
  • In 2015 Congress voted to end Title X, to enact a 20 week abortion band, and to ban private insurance coverage of abortion
  • Congress is currently sending legislation to Obama to defund PP, he is sure to veto

 

Sources:

Planned Parenthood 1, 2, 3

Guttmacher Institute 1, 2

 

Paid Family Leave

  • Only 12% of US private sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employer
  • Out of 185 the US is one of 3 countries that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave (the others are Oman and Papua New Guinea)
  • Over have of countries providing leave give at least 14 weeks off
  • 70 countries also offer paid paternity leave
  • 25% of women quit their jobs or are let go when they have a new child
  • Of those who get partial pay or nothing at all, a third borrow money or dip into savings while 15% go on public assistance

 

Sources:

Department of Labor

ThinkProgress