States that embraced Obamacare — which presumably were more committed to public health in the first place — had lower uninsurance rates to start with and saw bigger declines. The states that resisted were the ones with the biggest uninsurance problems to start with and saw only token declines [in the number of people without health insurance]. In fact, the decline in states that embraced Obamacare was more than triple that in the other states, 2.8 percent vs. 0.8 percent. In Red States, the Uninsured Are Up the Creek (via smdxn)

(via cognitivedissonance)

No one should be forced to choose between her job and her dignity. — Jessica R., My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control
plannedparenthood:

Guidelines for keeping your cervix healthy might have changed since your last visit to the gyno. Here’s what’s recommended:Your first Pap test at age 21 (no matter what age you start having sex)
A Pap test every three years
Call your local health center to find out if you’re due for a Pap test.

Yes, get your pap smear!!
Sidenote: Did you know that the biggest disparity among Pennsylvanian women with vs. without health insurance was found regarding access to Pap smears and mammograms?
It’s so important for women to have access to all preventative care!

plannedparenthood:

Guidelines for keeping your cervix healthy might have changed since your last visit to the gyno. Here’s what’s recommended:

  • Your first Pap test at age 21 (no matter what age you start having sex)
  • A Pap test every three years
Call your local health center to find out if you’re due for a Pap test.

Yes, get your pap smear!!

Sidenote: Did you know that the biggest disparity among Pennsylvanian women with vs. without health insurance was found regarding access to Pap smears and mammograms?

It’s so important for women to have access to all preventative care!

(via pubhealth)

After reading that last article just a couple days ago, I realized something. I am done making excuses for the pro-life movement. I am done trying to explain that the movement is not anti-woman. I am done trying to insist that the movement really is simply trying to “save unborn babies.” I’m done because it’s not true. The pro-life movement supports the exact policies that will keep abortion rates high. It is those who believe in choice who support policies that will bring the abortion rates down.

I was a dupe. I’m ready to admit it now.

How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement
As governments are complicit in the death and injury that results when women cannot access safe abortion, they are even more directly responsible for the loss of dignity and livelihood and the discrimination that occurs when authorities enforce restrictive abortion laws. Enforcement of Abortion Laws Violates Human Rights