NORTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
March 2012 Statewide Precinct Meeting
Urge the NCDP to Women’s Reproductive Rights and Access to Affordable Healthcare.
Introduced by: Mom, New Hanover County
WHEREAS, women comprise more than half of the population of the United States of America and are solely responsible for childbearing; and
WHEREAS, women who plan their pregnancies are more likely to seek prenatal care, improving their own health and the health of their children; and
WHEREAS, the United States of America ranks 30th in the world in its rate of maternal mortality and has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality among all developed nations; and
WHEREAS, family planning services improve health care outcomes and wellness for women and families, access to family planning is directly linked to declines in maternal and infant mortality rates, and women who do not receive prenatal care are 3 to 4 times more likely to die after a live birth than are women who have received even minimal prenatal care; and
WHEREAS, contraception enables women to better prevent unintended pregnancies and plan for pregnancy when they do want to have a child, and publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies prevent nearly two million unintended pregnancies each year in the United States; and
WHEREAS, nearly half of all unintended pregnancies end in abortion and abortion rates in the United States of America increase during times when contraception is less accessible to low-income women; and
WHEREAS, the United States of America has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy among the world's developed nations, half of all the pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and half of unintended pregnancies occur in women who are not using contraceptives; and
WHEREAS, in addition to the primary purpose of allowing women to plan and prepare for pregnancy, other health benefits of contraception include reduced risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers, ectopic pregnancy, iron deficiency anemia related to heavy menstruation, osteoporosis, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease; and
WHEREAS, racial and ethnic health disparities are particularly pronounced in reproductive health - including disparities in rates of contraception usage, unintended pregnancies, maternal mortality, and sexually transmitted infections - and these disparities reveal significant barriers to access to sexual health care (including contraception), medical care, and medically accurate sexuality education; and
WHEREAS, a 2011 study by the National Women’s Law Center shows that a record number of American women in poverty and without health insurance, nearly 20% of all women of child bearing age;
WHEREAS, the Affordable Care Act includes the Women’s Health Amendment, which was designed to require all insurance plans to cover, with no cost‐sharing, women’s preventive‐health services. The WHA was intended to encompass family planning as well as other reproductive health care. If implemented as intended, the WHA has the potential to remove significant financial obstacles for women seeking reproductive‐health care and enhance access to family‐planning services.
WHEREAS, a majority of American voters believe that matters related to women's reproductive rights, including contraception and abortion, are personal issues that should be decided by women with their families, health care providers, and/or clergy members;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we recognize that reproductive rights are issues of life and death for women, not mere matters of choice; and
ADITIONALLTY, WE RESOLVE to fully support access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control and emergency contraception, to reproductive health services and education for all women; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation or Constitutional amendment, and support candidates and policies that will protect women’s reproductive health care.