Raising Women’s Voices

“Women are the gatekeepers of their families’ health”

Posted in DC Reform, Health Disparities, Older Women's Issues, Reproductive Health Care by raisingwomensvoices on February 11, 2009

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and House Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) led a conference on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, at which a resolution prompting congressional women’s health care reform was introduced.

“The resolution commits Congress to passing, within 18 months of adopting the resolution, legislation that guarantees health care for women and all individuals and establishes coverage that enables women to attain good health that they can maintain during their reproductive years and throughout their lives.”

Congressional leaders insisted that the current economic crisis is no excuse for postponement of such needed reform.  If anything, our strained economic and employment situations exacerbate many Americans’ health care and insurance problems, and vice versa.  Better care for women was presented as central to any course of reform because it is we who are often the primary caregivers, decision-makers and providers for our families.

“‘If we are serious about keeping children and families healthy, we must focus more attention on keeping women healthy,” said Senator Stabenow.  “Women must have affordable health care that they can rely on through their life transitions, including starting a family, working part-time or full-time, divorce, or caring for a sick or elderly parent.’”

At the event, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health released a report on comprehensive reproductive health care as a key component of women’s overall health through all stages and transitions of our lives.