REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE & HEALTHCARE
Reproductive Justice & Healthcare
Equal access to healthcare and reproductive justice are critical to protecting the lives of Americans. While many foreign countries have provided universal access to healthcare for decades, the United States lags behind, subjecting millions of Americans to unbearable costs for basic medical maintenance, discrimination, and health complications. According to Bankrate, 22% of Americans say that they have missed some sort of medical care in the past year because of the expense. Reproductive justice is another pressing issue that refers to the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, including the right to control our sexuality, gender, reproduction, and parenting decisions. Reproductive rights and equal access to healthcare are under constant threat. Generation Ratify does not believe anyone’s access to healthcare should be dictated by their gender, race, or socioeconomic background or that reproductive justice should be threatened by governmental decisions.
WHAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR...
We will fight for the passage of the Menstrual Equity for All Act. Because the Menstrual Equity for All Act would provide equitable access to products needed by menstruators and resolve long-standing issues interfering with menstruators’ health and financial status. This would benefit women and femmes who are directly affected by the stigma this issue holds, as well as all menstruators generally.
We will fight for the passage of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. Because the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act would ensure safer and more extensive maternal health care for mothers among minority populations. Black women are often put at-risk in health matters, and true gender equality can not be achieved until all women and femmes are able to be healthy.
We will fight to enforce comprehensive sex education. Because increased comprehensive sex education would allow students to make smarter, healthier choices as well as understand their own minds and bodies.
We will fight for the protection of LGBTQ+ healthcare. Because protecting LGBTQ+ individuals’ access to healthcare significantly decreases the health risks and conditions they are more susceptible to. Healthcare is already inaccessible within the U.S., and is even less accessible for the individuals who need it most. LGBTQ+ individuals need healthcare that both supports them and affirms their identity.
We will fight for increased access and understanding in mental health care. Because increased access and understanding in mental health care will aid millions of individuals dealing with mental illnesses by destigmatizing their struggles and providing the support they need.
We will fight for the complete legalization, decriminalization, and accessibility of abortion. Because the complete legalization of abortion is essential to the health and safety of the individual undergoing the procedure as well as for the protection of their right to control their own bodily autonomy. Abortion restrictions have always been a method used to oppress women and femmes, and the complete legalization of abortion would be a huge step towards liberation and gender equality.
We will fight to end Big Pharma. Because imposing strict pricing restrictions would force pharmaceutical companies to lower prices at the risk of facing penalties from the federal government.
We will fight to implement universal single payer healthcare. Because access to healthcare should not be limited based on a person’s ability to pay for care for themselves or family members. Universal single payer healthcare would provide support for individuals and families without the economic means to pay for their own healthcare.
The issue of mental health has been in my life for as long as I can remember. On my maternal side I have a history of addictive personalities, anxiety disorders, and bipolar. Personally, I have ADHD, General Anxiety Disorder, and clinical depression. I take three medications, attend group therapy, and do cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT.) I am fortunate enough to have private insurance through my dad’s employers. However, for many this is not possible. Everytime the healthcare debate comes around, I never hear anything on mental health coverage, which is why I am calling on Congress to include mental health and treatment in the debate on healthcare and to pave the way for single-payer/universal healthcare. Accessible medication and treatment in mental health saves lives; it saved mine.”
- Grace Sarafidis, MD, Generation Ratify Bethesda Chapter Co-Lead
I can’t even count how many times my friends, or even random students i don’t know, have asked me for a tampon or pad in the hallway. I provided them when I could, but a lot of the time many were left stranded, with no or complicated access to menstrual products. Periods are often painful and embarrassing enough as it is, students should not have to worry about missing school or bleeding through their clothes because they don’t have access to basic hygiene products. This is why we should pass the Menstrual Equity For All Act immediately.
- Anabelle Lombard, VA, Generation Ratify Creative Director