Week In Review May 26, 2017
President Donald Trump's budget, which was released this week, is a mess of cuts that directly impact women and their families. This budget has been called "the worst budget for women and women's health in a generation."
Proposed cuts to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood will deny millions of women basic health care. Women of all ages will feel the pain. Women are 2/3 of the participants in the Medicaid program; of that, 39 percent are women of reproductive age. They receive family planning, maternity care and life-saving health care through the Medicaid programs. Now with cuts to Planned Parenthood, women will be further denied access to cancer screenings, contraception and prenatal care.
This is a cruel - and dangerous - budget that disregards the rights and dignity of women across our country. We cannot remain silent while more women are denied heath care simply because they are women.
Members of Congress will be in their districts and states over the next nine days during the Memorial Day recess. Attend a town hall meeting. Visit or call their district office. They need to hear our voices. Let them know that women's health care is a basic right, not a privilege.