Maternal Health https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/204/all en Challenge to the Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Supreme Court Could End Health Care for Millions https://reproductiverights.org/story/challenge-affordable-care-act-us-supreme-court-could-end-health-care-millions <span>Challenge to the Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Supreme Court Could End Health Care for Millions</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Case Could Have Devastating Impact on Access to Reproductive Health Care</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/12/2020 - 14:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On November 10, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in a case that could end health care coverage in the middle of a global pandemic for tens of millions of people across the country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The case, </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/california-v-texas/"><em><span><span>California v. Texas</span></span></em></a></span><span><span><span>, is a challenge to the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought by several states, led by Texas, and the Trump administration. In 2017, Congress reduced the ACA’s tax penalty for individuals who do not have health insurance to zero as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The law’s challengers argue that eliminating the tax penalty rendered the ACA’s individual mandate provision unconstitutional (because it is no longer an exercise of Congress’s taxing power) a</span></span></span><span><span><span>nd that the rest of the ACA</span></span></span><span><span><span> cannot stand without it. In an unusual decision, the Department of Justice declined to defend the government’s own law, and instead sided with the challengers in arguing that the ACA is unconstitutional.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>If the law is overturned, it would also erase gains made in improving access to reproductive health care required under the ACA.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Center for Reproductive Rights joined 81 other organizations, led by the National Women’s Law Center, in filing a </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-840/143475/20200513154042300_NWLC%20ACA%20Amicus%20Brief%20Final.pdf"><span><span>“friend-of-the-court” brief</span></span></a></span><span><span><span> in the Supreme Court defending the ACA in this case. The </span></span></span><span><span><span>brief urged the Court to uphold the law because Congress did not intend to repeal the law when it eliminated the tax penalty. It tells the Supreme Court that a central purpose of the ACA was to eliminate discriminatory insurance practices that undermined the health and economic security of women and their families. It further explains that Congress recognized the benefits of the ACA’s protections and did not intend to repeal those protections when enacting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The brief illustrates how the ACA improved coverage for women’s health needs, including access to contraception.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In a decision that was stayed from taking effect, a federal district court ruled that the mandate is</span></span></span><span><span><span> now unconstitutional and cannot be separated from the rest of the ACA, and that consequently the entirety of the law must be struck down. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court in part, holding that the mandate is unconstitutional. The Fifth Circuit then ordered the case back to the district court for more careful consideration of whether any provisions of the ACA could be severed if the mandate is struck down. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rather than return to the district court, the U.S. House of Representatives and a group of states defending the ACA, states led by California, asked the Supreme Court</span></span></span><span><span> </span></span><span><span><span>to immediately hear the case, and the Court granted their petition. Depending on how the Court rules, none, some, or all of the ACA could be invalidated.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>A Supreme Court ruling against the ACA could have a devastating impact on access to reproductive</span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span> health care.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The passage of the ACA in 2010 was a significant advance in women’s access to reproductive health care. The law guarantees coverage for no-copay preventive services, including well-woman visits, cancer screenings, screening for intimate partner violence, breastfeeding services and supplies, STI screening, and HIV testing. It also requires most private plans</span></span></span> to <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/supreme-court-hear-case-challenging-trump-pence-denial-birth-control-coverage">provide insurance coverage for contraception</a> without a copay. Thanks to the ACA, more than 60 million women have<span><span><span> access to no-copay contraceptive counseling and services. The law also extended health care coverage, including for reproductive health care, to 20 million people, and prohibited discriminatory insurance practices, such as charging higher premiums based on gender.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A</span></span></span><span><span><span>ccess to maternal health care was critically expanded through the ACA: Prior to the bill’s passage, many individual health plans did not cover maternity care, and many insurance companies treated pregnancy or past pregnancy-related procedures like cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions, which could be used as grounds for denying maternity coverage. The ACA protects the insurance coverage for 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and includes maternity care as an essential health benefit that must be part of any qualified</span></span></span><span><span> </span></span><span><span><span>health insurance plan.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>These gains are </span></span></span><span><span>all at stake</span></span><span><span><span> in <em>California v. Texas</em>. If the ACA’s challengers succeed at the Supreme Court, guaranteed coverage for contraception and other preventive services, expanded access to maternal health care, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions could all be wiped out. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>The Affordable Care Act faces an uncertain fate at the Supreme Court.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>During oral argument, the Court appeared closely divided on whether to uphold the ACA. </span></span></span><span><span><span>Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh each indicated that even if they determine that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, they are likely to leave the rest of the law intact. However, Justice Samuel Alito speculated—without evidence—that some members of Congress may have deliberately rendered the individual mandate unconstitutional in 2017 so that the Court would strike down the rest of the law.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This case was also one of the first heard by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court on October 26 after President Trump nominated her to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had voted to uphold the ACA in prior cases. The Center for Reproductive Rights </span></span></span><span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/FINAL_Public%20Barrett%20Analysis%20%281%29.pdf"><span><span>opposed Justice Barrett’s confirmation</span></span></a></span><span><span><span> after concluding that her academic writings, court decisions, and public advocacy revealed a legal view and judicial philosophy that undermine fundamental liberty rights, including comments and writings hostile to the ACA. Before her nomination, Justice Barrett repeatedly criticized previous Supreme Court decisions upholding key provisions of the ACA. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As California, the House of Representatives, and their amici (including the Center) all told the Court, there</span></span></span><span><span><span> is no credible legal basis for the Court to strike down the ACA. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor recognized, because the 2017 Congress rejected bills repealing the ACA and opted to instead just zero out the penalty for going without insurance, Congress already decided it doesn’t want the rest of the law to fall. Congress refused to inflict the harm that would follow repealing the ACA, so there is no moment for the Court to now impose that harm itself.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>*           *           *</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling in the case before the end of its term in June 2021.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Supreme Court heard argument in <em>California v. Texas</em> via teleconference because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the proceedings streamed live. </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?471185-1/health-care-law-supreme-court-oral-argument"><span><span><span>Click here for a replay of the November 10 oral argument.</span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:49:43 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59440 at https://reproductiverights.org Submission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Maternal Health Disparities https://reproductiverights.org/document/submission-us-commission-civil-rights-briefing-maternal-health-disparities <span>Submission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Maternal Health Disparities</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/briefing-papers" hreflang="en">Briefing Papers</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:03</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Center's written testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, submitted Nov. 13, 2020, discusses the real-life impacts of racial bias and discrimination in U.S. maternal health care; describes the U.S. government’s obligations to promote the human rights of all birthing people and where it has fallen short; discusses the role of the federal government in addressing the maternal health crisis; and shares key federal policy recommendations.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/Panel%203%20-%20Jennifer%20Jacoby%20-%20Testimony.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=294424" title="Panel 3 - Jennifer Jacoby - Testimony.pdf">The Center's Written Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Maternal Health Disparities</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:03:39 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59439 at https://reproductiverights.org Issue Brief: U.S. Government Exploits COVID-19 to Mistreat Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers https://reproductiverights.org/story/issue-brief-us-mistreatment-pregnant-immigrants-asylum-seekers <span>Issue Brief: U.S. Government Exploits COVID-19 to Mistreat Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:50</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A new issue brief from the Center for Reproductive Rights and partner organizations details how the U.S. government has exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to eviscerate humanitarian and human rights protections for immigrants and people seeking asylum, with devastating consequences for pregnant people along the U.S.-Mexico border and in immigration detention.</p> <p>A co-publication of the Center for Reproductive Rights, American Friends Service Committee, Human Rights First, and the Women’s Refugee Commission, the brief is titled <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Pregnant%20Immigrants%20and%20Asylum%20Seekers%20During%20COVID-19.pdf"><strong>“Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19: U.S. Government Abuses at the Border and Beyond.”</strong></a></p> <p>Released just hours before a whistleblower complaint accused a detention center in Georgia of performing nonconsensual hysterectomies on immigrant women, this brief provides timely information about the threats to reproductive health and autonomy faced by immigrants and asylum seekers in U.S. custody.</p> <p>The brief contextualizes human rights abuses identified through news articles, reports, and complaints, and offers recommendations that are urgently needed to ensure the health and safety of pregnant and postpartum asylum seekers and immigrants.</p> <p>“Safeguarding the health, safety, and rights of marginalized populations, including pregnant people, should be central to our pandemic response,” said Monique Baumont, Research and Policy Analyst with the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Yet evidence indicates that the current administration has exploited the pandemic to further dehumanize and violate the rights of pregnant immigrants and asylum seekers, with devastating impacts.”</p> <p><strong>Pregnant Immigrants Face Human Rights Abuses</strong></p> <p>The report describes a persistent pattern of mistreatment of pregnant immigrants and people seeking asylum and demonstrates how policies during the pandemic have exacerbated long-standing human rights violations.</p> <p>For example, the Department of Homeland Security has used a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order allegedly aimed at protecting public health as an excuse to block and expel more than 109,000 migrants and people seeking asylum, including unaccompanied children and pregnant people. Meanwhile, pregnant people in immigration detention face heightened threats to their health as ICE refuses to provide adequate medical care or release them to safety.</p> <p>News reports and complaints submitted to the Office of Inspector General highlight this pattern of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment:</p> <ul> <li>A Guatemalan asylum seeker was forced to give birth at a border patrol station, despite her repeated requests for medical attention. After being sent to a hospital after giving birth, she was returned to the border patrol station with her newborn just two days later.</li> <li>A pregnant Honduran asylum seeker and her two daughters were expelled to Mexico while the woman was having contractions and asking for medical attention.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Policy Changes Urgently Needed</strong></p> <p>The brief makes a series of recommendations, including that the Department of Homeland Security and CDC rescind the CDC order and restore the orderly processing of asylum seekers; and that ICE stop detaining migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic and prohibit the detention of pregnant and postpartum migrants.</p> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Pregnant%20Immigrants%20and%20Asylum%20Seekers%20During%20COVID-19.pdf"><strong>“Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19”</strong></a> is the latest in a <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/resources-0">series of fact sheets</a> from the Center concerning reproductive rights during the pandemic.</p> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Pregnant%20Immigrants%20and%20Asylum%20Seekers%20During%20COVID-19.pdf"><strong><em>Click here</em></strong></a><strong><em> to read the full issue brief.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/resources-0"><strong><em>Click here</em></strong></a><strong><em> for the Center’s complete series of COVID-19 fact sheets.</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:50:38 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59350 at https://reproductiverights.org Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19: U.S. Government Abuses at the Border and Beyond https://reproductiverights.org/document/pregnant-immigrants-and-asylum-seekers-during-covid-19-us-government-abuses-border-and <span>Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19: U.S. Government Abuses at the Border and Beyond</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/fact-sheets" hreflang="en">Fact Sheets</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/519" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">enjie</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/10/2020 - 15:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This issue brief outlines evidence of the mistreatment of pregnant immigrants and people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and in U.S. immigration detention, and discusses how existing policies have created the conditions for escalating human rights abuses during COVID-19. This issue brief supports public health guidance and human rights standards directing the release of all people in immigration detention during the pandemic, but focuses on a subset of reforms that are urgently needed to ensure the health and safety of pregnant asylum seekers and immigrants during and long after the pandemic.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Pregnant%20Immigrants%20and%20Asylum%20Seekers%20During%20COVID-19.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=347419" title="Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19.pdf">Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19: U.S. Government Abuses at the Border and Beyond</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/accountability-bodies" hreflang="en">Accountability Bodies</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:36:35 +0000 enjie 59341 at https://reproductiverights.org The COVID-19 Pandemic is Exacerbating a Human Rights Crisis in Maternal Health https://reproductiverights.org/document/covid-19-pandemic-exacerbating-human-rights-crisis-maternal-health <span>The COVID-19 Pandemic is Exacerbating a Human Rights Crisis in Maternal Health</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/fact-sheets" hreflang="en">Fact Sheets</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/519" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">enjie</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/09/2020 - 15:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/The%20COVID-19%20Pandemic%20is%20Exacerbating%20a%20Human%20Rights%20Crisis%20in%20Maternal%20Health.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=402154">The COVID-19 Pandemic is Exacerbating a Human Rights Crisis in Maternal Health.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:57:56 +0000 enjie 59340 at https://reproductiverights.org On the 10th Anniversary of Kenya’s Constitution, Center Report Urges Government to Enforce Abortion Rights Protections https://reproductiverights.org/kenya-constitution-abortion-report <span>On the 10th Anniversary of Kenya’s Constitution, Center Report Urges Government to Enforce Abortion Rights Protections</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/27/2020 - 10:40</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each year in Kenya, more than 2,500 women and girls die from unsafe abortions</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>—</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>despite the fact that the government legalized abortion under specific circumstances a decade ago in its Constitution.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> Currently, unsafe abortions are a leading cause of maternal mortality, especially among low-income women. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Today, on the 10th anniversary of the Kenyan Constitution, the Center has published a new report, </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/A-Decade-of-Existence-Kenya_0.pdf"><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>A Decade of Existence, Revealing Progress, Reversal, and Betrayal of a National Compromise,</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><em><span> </span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>which details how the government’s failure to uphold its constitutional obligations has harmed its citizens. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The report offers recommendations for the Ministry of Health, the National Assembly, and the Chief Justice to better protect the health and rights of Kenyan women. The recommendations include increased public education about reproductive rights, clearer legislation around reproductive health care, and enhanced legal protection for access to safe abortion.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Currently, </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Article 26(4) of the Constitution provides for abortion care in situations such as when the health or life of the mother is at risk. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Yet pervasive stigma, misinformation, and a lack of enforceable laws have made abortion care inaccessible for many in Kenya.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Earlier this week, the Center and dozens of its international partners led a social media campaign and </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3221137134602059&amp;extid=HeK7gCovACAI0Jqo"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>webinar </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>to raise awareness about this issue and urge the Kenyan government to protect access to the abortion care that was guaranteed in the Constitution a decade ago.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>By calling upon the government to swiftly and effectively implement Article 26(4) of the Constitution, the report by the Center and partners aim to reduce stigma and misperceptions surrounding abortion, increase access to care, and better protect the health of Kenyan people. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"The persisting stigma and false narratives about abortion in the public domain and criminal justice system has put the lives of more Kenyan women and girls on the line," said Evelyne Opondo, Senior Regional Director for Africa, Center for Reproductive Rights. "Abortion stigma prevents women and girls from accessing health, psychosocial support, and freedom from cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Read the report here: </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/A-Decade-of-Existence-Kenya_0.pdf"><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>A Decade of Existence, Revealing Progress, Reversal, and Betrayal of a National Compromise</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></a></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-mortality" hreflang="en">Maternal Mortality</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/kenya" hreflang="en">Kenya</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:40:58 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59303 at https://reproductiverights.org A Decade of Existence: Revealing Progress, Reversals, and Betrayal of a National Compromise https://reproductiverights.org/document/decade-existence-revealing-progress-reversals-and-betrayal-national-compromise <span>A Decade of Existence: Revealing Progress, Reversals, and Betrayal of a National Compromise</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/25/2020 - 12:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/A-Decade-of-Existence-Kenya_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=8526977" title="A-Decade-of-Existence-Kenya_0.pdf">A Decade of Existence: Revealing Progress, Reversals, and Betrayal of a National Compromise</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-mortality" hreflang="en">Maternal Mortality</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/kenya" hreflang="en">Kenya</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 25 Aug 2020 16:53:48 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59297 at https://reproductiverights.org Center Advocacy Efforts Will Help Improve Maternal Health in Georgia https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-advocacy-efforts-will-help-improve-maternal-health-georgia <span>Center Advocacy Efforts Will Help Improve Maternal Health in Georgia</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Law Enacted to Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Aims to Reduce Maternal Mortality, Racial Disparity</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Advocacy efforts by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners helped lead to the enactment of a new law in Georgia that will improve maternal health for mothers. The law extends postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to six months after delivery.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Georgia’s maternal mortality rate is more than twice the national average, and the rate for Black women is more than three times the rate for white women. Standard, affordable postpartum care for mothers in every community is needed to improve maternal health and reduce racial disparities.</span></span></span></p> <p>The new law, H.B. 1114, is expected to benefit almost 65,000 Georgia mothers and to particularly benefit Black mothers. Black women in Georgia are about twice as likely as the state’s white women to live in poverty, and more than half of births in Georgia are to low-income women covered by Medicaid. <span>Postpartum care includes help with physical and psychological recovery and well-being, help with infant care and feeding, counseling as needed, and more.</span></p> <p><a> </a></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“I’m thankful to all our local partners—from community groups to lawmakers—who joined us in working diligently over the past year to get this bill enacted,” said Breana Lipscomb, Senior Manager of the Center’s Maternal Health and Rights Initiative<span>. “The state of Georgia has a long way to go, but this is an important step forward in improving maternal health for new mothers in our state.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In advocating for the passage of H.B. 1114, Lipscomb worked to convene stakeholders—<span><span>including policymakers, reproductive justice community members, public health professionals, and medical professionals—to </span></span>testify at hearings and equip lawmakers with critical information.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The maternal mortality issue was one of the most important issues and budget priorities of the 2020 session,” says state Representative Able Mable Thomas, who has been amplifying the need for legislative action on maternal mortality issues for years. “We must continue to fight for Black mothers who die three to four times more than white mothers at childbirth.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Bill’s Passage Was a Team Effort with Community Leaders and Lawmakers</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A postpartum Medicaid extension bill was first introduced in the 2019 session by state Representative Renitta Shannon. "I was first to file a House bill to extend Medicaid to 12 months for those who have just given birth,” says Shannon, “because I knew that Black womxn were unnecessarily dying at rates far higher than their white counterparts partly because of a lack of access to healthcare. I want to personally thank Black and Brown women of the Reproductive Justice community for growing national awareness about the epidemic of Maternal Mortality.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Amber Mack, Research &amp; Policy Analyst for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, described some of the hurdles the bill’s advocates had to navigate. "We faced many challenges this legislative session due to the COVID-19 pandemic and additional calls for significant budget cuts. However, with the passage of H.B. 1114 and its requisite $19.7M in funding, we are one step closer to ensuring that mothers have critical coverage to ensure the prevention of maternal death and morbidity in the postpartum period." </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Added Renee Smith, State Policy Manager, Black Mamas Matter Alliance: “The outcomes of this legislative session showed the resilience of community-based organizations to advocate for those most in need during a pivotal time in public health. The push to center maternal health for <em>all </em>has been long and difficult, but even in the reality of a pandemic and quarantine, we stood together to fight for maternal health funding and postpartum Medicaid extension.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The measure was passed in June by both chambers of Georgia’s General Assembly with unanimous, bipartisan support. Governor Brian Kemp </span></span></span><a href="https://www.11alive.com/article/news/politics/gov-kemp-signs-medicaid-expansion-new-mothers/85-ea73f3d6-fd50-493f-bdab-47041456bae7">signed it into law on July 16</a>.</p> <p><span><span><span><strong>A Step Forward, But the Work Goes On</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Extending postpartum Medicaid coverage is one step in reducing the state’s high maternal mortality rate. “We need 12 months of postpartum coverage for Georgia’s mothers,” says Lipscomb. “We also need increased access to midwifery care, doula services, and lactation support—access that doesn’t marginalize birth workers of color.”</span></span></span></p> <p>The Center continues to work toward improved maternal health as part of its overall focus on reproductive rights as human rights. Its U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative—which promotes the human rights of pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people—seeks government accountability for discrimination and inequalities in maternal health, and it provides advocates, lawmakers, and leaders with human rights-based advocacy tools that they can use to catalyze policy change.</p> <p>As the Center’s first U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative Manager, Lipscomb develops advocacy campaigns to promote Black maternal health, particularly in the South. Her efforts to pass H.B. 1114 <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-leader-recognized-work-black-maternal-health">earned the inaugural Kira Johnson Advocate of the Year Award</a> for work on Black maternal health, presented by March for Moms and 4Kira4Moms, organizations that advocate for mothers’ and families’ health and access to care and work to educate the public about maternal mortality.</p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/featured-stories-from-center-reproductive-rights"><strong><em>More news features from the Center for Reproductive Rights</em></strong></a></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-mortality" hreflang="en">Maternal Mortality</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/states-usa" hreflang="en">In the States (USA)</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:06:34 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59290 at https://reproductiverights.org The Center Releases New Report on Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Nigerian Conflict Zones https://reproductiverights.org/reproductive-rights-northeast-nigeria-conflict-report <span>The Center Releases New Report on Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Nigerian Conflict Zones</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/20/2020 - 14:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Since 2018, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners at the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) have studied and documented the effects of the Boko Haram conflict on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women (SRHR) in Northeast Nigeria. The Center’s new <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/The%20Conflict%20in%20Northeast%20Nigeria%27s%20Impact%20on%20the%20Sexual%20and%20Reproductive%20Rights%20of%20Women%20and%20Girls_1.pdf">report</a>, entitled “The Conflict in Northeast Nigeria's Impact on the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls,” highlights key findings from its extensive work in the Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, and Abuja.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>This report calls upon the Nigerian government to take immediate measures to comply with its international and regional human rights obligations. A critical first step is providing access to maternal health care services, abortion, and other reproductive health services for </span></span><span>women and girls living in conflict zones.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Through fieldwork, documentation, and more than 150 on-the-ground interviews, representatives from the Center and LEDAP found that women and girls affected by conflict are particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence, including rape, sexually transmitted infections, sex trafficking, forced marriage, and forced and unintended pregnancy. They are also at greater risk of other SRHR violations, including mistreatment while seeking maternity care in health facilities and maternal deaths. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>These violations are particularly common in Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDP Camps), where more than 2 million people have been forced to live since Boko Haram first invaded Nigeria in 2009.</span></span><span> <span>A pervasive lack of accountability in the Nigerian government, as well as by national and international actors coordinating the humanitarian response, has led to systemic violations of </span></span><span><span>sexual and reproductive health and rights</span></span><span><span>. </span></span><span>Creating mechanisms to monitor, investigate, and punish SRHR violations enables both the Nigerian government and international bodies to hold perpetrators accountable. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In addition to the Nigerian government, the report’s audience includes the United Nations and the African Union, donor countries, humanitarian service providers, and civil society organizations. As the report emphasizes, cross-sector collaboration among these groups is critical to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of Nigerian women and girls affected by conflict. Which, a<span>s Onyema Afulukwe, Senior Counsel for Africa for the global legal program with the Center for Reproductive Rights, explained, is the ultimate goal.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“This report is the culmination of many years of work in Nigeria,” Afulukwe said. “After talking with hundreds of women, we hope that the findings highlight the need for women and girls impacted by conflict-related violence and sexual and reproductive rights violations to access the comprehensive medical and support services they need.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/The%20Conflict%20in%20Northeast%20Nigeria%27s%20Impact%20on%20the%20Sexual%20and%20Reproductive%20Rights%20of%20Women%20and%20Girls_1.pdf"><span><span><span><span><span>Read the report here. </span></span></span></span></span></a></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/conflict-areas" hreflang="en">Conflict Areas</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/nigeria" hreflang="en">Nigeria</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 20 Jul 2020 18:31:01 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59268 at https://reproductiverights.org Center Leader Recognized for Work on Black Maternal Health https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-leader-recognized-work-black-maternal-health <span>Center Leader Recognized for Work on Black Maternal Health</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/518" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">virginia</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/24/2020 - 17:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><img alt="headshot of a woman" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9cca4156-474b-48c8-ae55-ed6013307cf2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/headshot_resized.jpg" style="margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; width: 300px;" />Breana Lipscomb, Senior Manager of the Maternal Health and Rights Initiative at the Center for Reproductive Rights, was recently awarded the inaugural Kira Johnson Advocate of the Year Award for her work on Black maternal health. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Presented on June 23 by <a href="https://marchformoms.org/"><strong>March for Moms </strong></a>and <a href="https://4kira4moms.com/"><strong>4Kira4Moms,</strong></a> the award is designed to expand the movement for maternal health by providing training and a platform for an advocate to deepen their work. It is named for the late Kira Dixon Johnson, who tragically lost her life following a repeat c-section with her second son.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The Advocate of the Year Award is an incredible opportunity to recognize an outstanding person for their hard work advocating for maternal health,” said Katie Shea Barrett, Executive Director of March for Moms. “Moms and families face devastating and deadly consequences because our health care system fails to protect mothers, and we should honor and uplift those who are fighting for change.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lipscomb played an integral role in the extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage for mothers in Georgia during the 2020 legislative session. She worked tirelessly to convene stakeholders, testify at hearings, and equip lawmakers with critical information to move a bill forward that will extend postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to six months. The bill passed Georgia’s General Assembly on June 24 with nearly unanimous, bipartisan support and awaits the Governor’s signature. The legislation is expected to benefit almost 65,000 Georgia mothers. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“I’m honored to receive this recognition, and to work with March for Moms and the Johnson family to advocate on behalf of mothers,” said Lipscomb. “Advancing maternal health—especially in underserved communities—is a vital part of the Center’s mission to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights.</span></span><span><span> </span></span><span>Through our Maternal Health and Rights Initiative, we cultivate deep partnerships with and amplify <span>leadership of communities most impacted by this issue in order to effect change.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lipscomb joined the Center’s U.S. Human Rights team in 2017 as its first U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative Manager. In her role, she develops advocacy campaigns to promote Black maternal health, particularly in the South. She mobilizes stakeholders such as policymakers, reproductive justice community members, public health professionals, medical professionals, and advocates to advance state-level policies that further reproductive rights as human rights.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span>Center's Initiative Seeks to Improve Access to Safe and Respectful Maternal Health</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The Center’s U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative promotes the human rights of pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people in the United States. Harnessing the power of law, policy, and strategic advocacy, the Initiative seeks to improve access to safe and respectful maternal health care for all who need it, and to ensure that all people have an opportunity to attain the highest standard of maternal health possible for themselves. The Initiative seeks government accountability for discrimination and inequalities in U.S. maternal health, and it provides advocates, lawmakers, and leaders with human rights-based advocacy tools that they can use to catalyze policy change.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“</span>Breana works tirelessly and in powerful partnership with allies to expand access to safe and respectful maternal health care and address racial inequities in maternal health outcomes and experiences,” said Risa Kaufman, Director of U.S. Human Rights at the Center.</span></span></span><span><span> <span>“This meaningful award is a testament to Breana’s national leadership and her deeply valued expertise in advancing Black maternal health and rights in the United States.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“We are thrilled to honor Breana with the inaugural Kira Johnson Advocate of the year award,” said Charles Johnson, husband of Kira Johnson and founder of 4Kira4Moms. “Breana’s relentless commitment to improving maternal health outcomes embodies everything that Kira’s legacy represents. We are looking forward to working closely with Breana to empower and strengthen families.”  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lipscomb serves as a Board member of Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and has more than 15 years of experience in public health, including in nonprofits and state government.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span>Update: the bill extending postpartum Medicaid coverage in Georgia was signed into law July 16.</span></span></span></span></em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 24 Jun 2020 21:52:34 +0000 virginia 59231 at https://reproductiverights.org