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Trump’s religious refusal rule faces legal challenge

Trump’s religious refusal rule faces legal challenge

In a move that disappointed and angered health care activists, the Trump administration issued a rule giving health care providers wide latitude to refuse to deliver health care services.  The move has grave implications for the ability of women and LGBTQ individuals to get health care services they need, as it explicitly allows clinicians and facilities to opt out of providing abortion, assisted reproduction, sterilization and care for transgender individuals.   In a sign of the seriousness of this infringement on people’s health care rights, both the city and county of San Francisco filed suit against the rule the same day it was announced by President Trump. 


According to RWV co-founder, Lois Uttley, “Not only individual medical providers, but also hospitals, pharmacies and clinics, will be able to refuse to deliver any health care services to which they have personal or institutional objections. Hospital admitting personnel or ambulance drivers could conceivably cite personal objections to ‘assisting in the performance of’ medical services to which they object.

“What could this mean for patients? Women suffering reproductive emergencies – such as early miscarriages – could be denied prompt, medically-appropriate treatment. Rape survivors could be denied emergency contraception to prevent pregnancies. Transgender and gender nonconforming people could be denied hormones or surgery for gender transition. Same-sex couples could be denied infertility services.”

The rule is scheduled to take effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.  If it goes into effect as written, it will place clinics, hospitals and other health care providers at risk of losing their eligibility for federal programs, such as Medicare, if its provisions aren’t followed.  The rule, which is 440 pages long, consolidates earlier rules shielding individual providers from retribution if they refused to provide health care services such as abortion or sterilization, and expands this protection to include health care entities.  The rule now applies to state governments, home health care providers, front desk staff, insurance companies, ambulance providers and many others. 

The administration issued this rule despite receiving a significant number of comments on itsproposed rule from January 2018. Many of these comments were generated by RWV and its allies, and focused on the harm the rule would cause for women, LGBTQ individuals and other vulnerable populations.   President Trump’s decision to announce the release of the final rule at a National Day of Prayer event makes it appear that he’s more interested in satisfying a voting bloc rather than ensuring people get the care they need. 

Medicaid Expansion win in Montana!

In 2015, Montana Women Vote led the effort to pass Medicaid expansion in the Montana Legislature. Since then, nearly 100,000 Montanans have gained healthcare coverage. That is almost 1 in 10 Montanans. Medicaid expansion has reduced Montana’s uninsured rate from 20% to 7% and has resulted in state savings to Montana’s general fund. Forty eight percent of Medicaid expansion enrollees resided outside of Montana’s seven largest urban areas, and the program covers nearly 16,000 American Indians, roughly 20% of the American Indian population in Montana. Medicaid expansion has been a lifeline for access to healthcare in rural Montana and Indian Country. This year, Montana Women Vote sought to reauthorize Medicaid expansion, as it was set to expire in July, 2019

During the 2019 Montana State Legislature, Montana Women Vote organized thousands of Montanans to make their voices heard and help defend this vital program. They held regular phone banks, submitted over 1,000 comments to lawmakers, held lobby days (photo at right), and rallied with over 400 Montanans from across the state. House Bill (HB) 425 -- which would have lifted the Medicaid expansion sunset and continued Montana’s original Medicaid expansion program without any restrictions or barriers -- was tabled on March 25th. After tabling HB 425, the House Human Services Committee passed House Bill 658, a compromise bill that will continue Montana’s Medicaid expansion program. HB 658 was heavily amended during the process in order to ensure that it protects health coverage, even while establishing community engagement requirements. During the next phase of this effort, Montana Women Vote will work to ensure the program is implemented in a way that protects coverage for Montanans.

Georgia Governor signs heartbeat bill into law

Yesterday, Brian Kemp, GA Governor, signed one of the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion bills into law. The bill bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which normally occurs at 6 weeks, which is before most people even realize they’re pregnant.

Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC), our Atlanta-based regional coordinator, has been working around the clock advocating against the bill, sending countless action alerts, organizing rallies, and advocacy days at the state capital. “Even though Kemp has signed the anti-abortion HB 481 bill, abortion is still LEGAL in Georgia right now. We will continue providing safe and compassionate abortion care to all those who need it. And we will continue fighting for our communities to ensure that this bill doesn’t go into effect in 2020, said FWHC.”

FWHC along with many other reproductive advocates will still keep fighting for a strong reproductive justice movement in the South. Georgia’s bill has become a model for other states looking to reduce abortion accessibility. Mississippi, Kentucky, and Ohio have also signed similar bills into law. Nonetheless, this bill is a direct violation of Roe v. Wade and advocates like the Center for Reproductive Rights will be taking legal action to ensure this law doesn’t go into effect.

How do you give back to all the mothers (and mother figures) in your life?

Brunch is nice, but empowering them to take care of their health is better! In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re hosting a Twitter Chat to share insider health tips with all the mamas we love.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get the facts from on-the-ground experts in LGBTQ, Latinx, African-American and Asian-American women’s health!

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