Administration takes first significant steps in recognizing sexual and reproductive health care as health care
SACRAMENTO – Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), issued the following statement on the Biden-Harris administration’s executive actions aimed at protecting and expanding sexual and reproductive health care.
“Today, we celebrate one of the initial steps on the path toward reclaiming full ownership over our bodies, our health, and our futures. As we continue to face down a pandemic that has claimed the lives of so many, it is more clear than ever why people need access to affordable health care. Both the global gag rule and the domestic gag rule have caused immense harm, felt even here in California, and we applaud the Biden-Harris administration’s swift action to address these dangerous policies.
“Within the executive actions announced today, we’re pleased to see President Biden announce steps to strengthen Medicaid, the largest payer of reproductive health care in the nation, and to initiate an open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act — the generation’s biggest advancement for women’s health care. In a state that was able to significantly expand coverage due to the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, we hope to see the Biden-Harris administration, as well as California’s leadership, prioritize the needs of Medi-Cal providers and patients in the fight for health equity.
“The fight to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights is critical to the fight against COVID-19 and for racial justice, economic justice, and more. As President Biden and Vice President Harris right the wrongs of the past, this is only the beginning. There is far more work to be done to ensure everyone has the freedom to make their own health care decisions: from ending medically unnecessary restrictions on medication abortion to championing permanent repeal of the global gag rule and an end to the racist Hyde and Helms amendments.”
PPAC supports the coalition of more than 100 national, progressive organizations, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, in developing “First Priorities for the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice.” The blueprint is a detailed list of executive and agency actions on global and domestic issues that the coalition calls on the Biden-Harris administration to continue to swiftly address.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education.