1. Sacrifice of Reproductive Health Choices
Reproductive justice is the issue that stands to take the largest hit in our nation’s swing towards conservatism. This election has significantly lowered the number of policy-makers and governors who believe that a woman should retain the rights to make decisions about her own body (Planned Parenthood 2010 Scorecard and Voter Guide). They are taking steps to criminalize and greatly limit access to the possibility of abortion around the nation even in the case of rape, specifically targeting low-income minority women. They also wish to reverse the legislation and disband the services that make birth control options available to women at low cost. (Nancy Keenan, director of NARAL Pro-Choice America: www.prochoiceamerica.com)
Women can expect to experience the dizziness and nausea associated with the inability to choose their own destiny or protect their families, futures and well-being.
2. Decline of Health Education Opportunities
Along with the promised anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-family legislation mentioned above, this new cohort of politicians is seeking to reinstate the dangerous Abstinence-Only education curriculum, a program which has proved to be not only ineffective, but also counter-productive to preventing early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (Keenan). Our children and students will be fed largely inaccurate, unrealistic, religion-based information about their bodies, feelings and choices. (Neville, www.rhrealitycheck.org)
Students of all ages can expect the burning, itching and emotional upheaval associated with inadequate information and the consequences of ill-informed choices.
3. Restricted Access to General Medical Services
Republican leaders were able to gain control in the election due in part to voters’ dissatisfaction with health care reform. The new conservatives in our government are interested in overturning this revolutionary legislation, a step that will leave many women, families and communities hanging in the limbo of uninsured, under-insured and overlooked once again (Muskal, LA Times).