Debate Regarding Women’s Health: Not Limited to Region

One of the most staggering things we can see from national data is just how far-reaching the limitations on women’s reproductive health are across the United States. Unlike many other social phenomena that infiltrate our nation’s political scene and typically fall under one ideological view in certain regions, restrictions on women’s reproductive health options are widespread and unlimited. With the exception of parts of the West and Northeast, detrimental laws continue to be passed throughout the United States, inhibiting women in more ways than one.

According to the New York Times, ten states have imposed more than ten policies that block women’s access to a safe and legal abortion in some capacity since 2011. To put it another way: In just a four year timespan, one-fifth of the United States has created an environment of hardship and lack of solution for women who need access to basic, fundamental healthcare.

The states that have imposed these harsh measures to prevent women and families the access they deserve are sadly in states with Republican-led legislatures and Governors. It has become increasingly obvious that geographic location does not play as much of a role in these issues as party affiliations and political ties. Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas continue to be led by conservative lawmakers who are not focusing on real solutions that put individual freedom back into the homes of women and families. At such a crucial time, it is imperative that common-sense Republicans reach out to legislators to voice their displeasure with the continued attacks on reproductive health access. Hundreds of thousands of Republicans disagree with these policies their lawmakers put into place; it’s time that we speak up.

Republican Majority for Choice is tirelessly working with REAL Republicans who want to preserve the original conservative ideals of personal liberty and individual responsibility. By having conversations with policymakers on both sides of the aisle, we are confident that we can find effective solutions to continue decreasing the rate of unintended pregnancy and abortion. Through advocating for family planning initiatives and preventative measures, we will reach compromises with lawmakers from around the nation to ensure safe options for women that can be discussed with their families and medical practitioners.

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