Monday, October 22, 2012

Blogger Call on Women's Health

On Saturday bloggers around the country were invited to sit in on a call with Cecile Richards, who has taken a leave of absence to campaign full time for President Obama's re-election campaign.  Richards was in Philadelphia in  at an event sponsored by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.

Richards listed three reasons why women are better off with Obama in the White House:

1) Women  won't have to pay more for health care.  That's an economic issue for women, not just a health care issue.

2) Preventive care is covered.  Mammograms, pap smears, and contraception are covered with no co-pay.  This allows people to plan their families and it helps prevent unintended pregnancies.

3) You cannot be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, such as breast cancer.  Romney said in the first debate that his plan covered pre-existing conditions but it doesn't.

Romney and Ryan say the will kill the health care bill.  Romney is running ads that muddy the waters on his abortion views.   He has said he supports the Blunt Amendment that allowed employers not to cover birth control for any reason. 

Many woman use birth control for reasons other than contraception. 

For every $1 spent on contraception we save $4 on unintended pregnancies.

Romney has also supported "personhood" legislation which would given fertilized embryos full legal rites from the moment of conception.  This would outlaw not only all abortions but also in vitro fertilization. 

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