All people should have access to affordable, quality health care and as a part of that, access to health care providers that meet their needs, including their sexual and reproductive health needs. In the past two decades, we have made significant progress in improving health access through policies rooted in that principle, like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 countries, including the United States. As attacks on that progress continue, lawmakers must not only defend those gains but urgently push for policies that are designed to ensure equitable access to health.
Gender Justice joined the Women’s Law Project’s amicus brief to support the defendant in Commonwealth v. Dischman, a case in which a woman was charged with a first-degree felony for overdosing on opioids while pregnant. After receiving care for her overdose, Dischman went straight from the hospital to jail, with a bail set at $500,000.
Gender Justice submitted comments on a proposed rule by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department that seeks to permit health care providers to discriminate against patients for any reason based on their religious beliefs.