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Democratic Lawmakers Urge Ivanka Trump To Help Make Healthcare Better For All Women

Female Democratic lawmakers have sent a letter officially requesting a meeting with Ivanka Trump sometime in the next few weeks to discuss women's health issues. Issues of particular concern mentioned by the legislators include women’s access to contraception and maternity care.

The letter from the female Democratic lawmakers noted that Trump is engaged with women's issues in her father's administration, but the president’s eldest daughter did not make her opinion of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) known. Note that President Trump supports the House-passed version of the AHCA.

"Given your stated passion about women's issues and empowerment, we found your silence during the House passage of (the AHCA) surprising," California Reps. Judy Chu, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier and Reps. Diana DeGette (Colo.), Louise Slaughter (N.Y.) and Suzan DelBene (Wash.) stated in the letter.

Keep in mind that the AHCA as currently envisioned would notably limit access to pregnancy care, maternal and newborn services, breast cancer screenings and contraception, according to the letter.

With the AHCA as passed by the House, individual states could choose to opt out of the essential health benefits mandated as a part of Obamacare. Essential benefits are the basic preventative and treatment health care services insurers that are currently required to cover.

The letter also highlighted President Trump's signing of a law rolling back a rule banning states from defunding Planned Parenthood for strictly political reasons.

"Again, we were disappointed that you did not voice concerns about this step in the wrong direction for women," the lawmakers noted in their letter.

Last but not least, the letter also noted that an executive order signed by Trump a few weeks ago would very likely negatively impact access to contraception.

According to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the religious freedom order would allow him to "re-examine" the contraception mandate for insurers cover birth control with no co-pay under Obamacare.

"The looming threat to contraception access created by the recent executive order presents another chance for you to make your voice heard on this critical issue," the lawmakers explained in their urgent letter to the one person that Trump reportedly really listens to.

In urging Ivanka to join their cause, the letter concludes: "As a busy mother of three, you understand the importance of a woman's ability to plan for herself and her family.”

Source: The Hill
Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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