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Women’s bodies are a perennial political battleground in the US. This is the only developed country with no universal health coverage and one of only a few with no guaranteed paid maternity leave. Compared to women in Canada or Europe, it’s harder for Americans to take time off work to see a doctor, or get affordable child care. When I asked maternal health experts why American women have a shockingly high risk of dying in childbirth, I was told their health just isn’t valued here.

Many policies hostile to women’s health predate the Trump administration. But President Trump and the Republican-led Congress have made some remarkable moves to reshape women’s health law and policy, and curtail hard-fought access to reproductive health care and family planning services.

From rolling back the Obama-era birth control mandate to chipping away at Medicaid, which covers half of all births in this country, to attempting to limit access to abortions, this is not a great moment for women’s health.

“There has been a sharp turn from the direction the Obama administration was going into in terms of access to sexual and reproductive health care services,” said Alina Salganicoff, vice president and director of women’s health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

How women’s reproductive rights stalled under Trump

The administration’s mission to roll back women’s health care and family planning services, explained.


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