Why Affordable Care Matters for Women

Given that the Affordable Care Act remains a political football more than three years after it was signed into law, I thought I’d share easily understandable information about how and why it has been described as “the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation.”

I’ve written about why this law is important for women before, and discussed some of the religious and political opposition to it last summer:

And yet, the bishops are unhappy.  Because they’ve not yet been able to prevent all women from using birth control.  To be clear, the bishops have failed to convince Catholic women to use birth control, so they have moved on to impede the rest of us from exercising our religious freedom and conscience.

The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice issued a statement supporting and celebrating today’s advances here.  Put simply, leaders of many faiths “celebrate this victory for women’s health and reproductive justice in this country.”

This infographic sums up the many ways that women in particular benefit from access to affordable and preventative healthcare.  So the next time you hear someone railing about repealing and defunding this program, consider what will be lost:

 

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About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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