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Republicans Propose Substantial Cuts to Pregnant Women

Not surprising considering the Republicans who just became the majority campaigned on creating jobs, when in fact now they are going to be cutting them. But these cuts are going to be at the expense of American women, and children already hit hard by the economy, and a maternity care system that already has 1 out of 5 women going without proper prenatal care.

The house Republicans have released a list proposed budget cuts that would impact hundreds of thousands of women and children. These cuts include:

$758 million dollars from the WIC programs, Women Infants and Children which provides supplemental food, health care referrals,  and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Something our country is in serious need of clearly.

$1.3 billion dollars in cuts from community based health centers, who provide prenatal care, health care, and low cost services to those with no insurance coverage, or seriously lacking coverage. Individual health center grant mechanisms include:  Community Health Centers,  Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, and  Public Housing Primary Care Program.  Meaning less access to proper prenatal care in women, which we know is already a serious nationwide issue. Maternal mortality rates, and serious pregnancy complications already cite the lack of proper prenatal care as a reason for the increase, yet these lawmakers are concerned with further cutting the funding that will further harm our mothers and babies.

Lastly, $210 million dollars from maternal and child health grants, which is a program that providers individual states grant money to provide public health programs that reach  across economic lines to improve the health of all mothers and children. Something we truly continue to need, especially with the current unemployment rate, families losing health care benefits, and the studies telling us women need better prenatal care services.  We know again, that 1 out of every 5 pregnant woman does not receive any form of prenatal care because of lack of insurance coverage… why make these numbers larger?

It seems to me like we need lawmakers in our country that actually care about the health, and well being of its citizens before anything. In the first weeks of this Republican majority term, instead of focusing on the economy and creating jobs which they lobbied on to get elected in the first place, they have taken aim at reproductive rights, and funding, stating “our members feel very strongly about the sanctity of human life.”

If that is the case, why not fund the programs that help their lives the most?  One article I read on this over the course of the day said:

“But with these cuts, we once again see that those strong feelings Republicans’ profess to have for life stops at the delivery room door … assuming you can afford to go to the hospital, of course.”

Makes you wonder what they really want for our citizens?

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