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This legislative session we look forward to pushing our legislature to set the example for other states. We will pursue bold, proactive policies that expand and protect access to sexual and reproductive health,  education, rights, and justice for all in Hawaii.

Protect Access to Health Care, Protect Title X

Federal Title X funding helps ensure that every person has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care, regardless of where they live, how much money they make, their background, or whether they have health insurance. In anticipation of the Trump Administration’s “gag rule,” a dangerous  measure which will make it impossible for Hawaii to accept Title X funds, we are supporting the Governor and Department of Health’s request for over $2 million in the biannual budget to replace lost federal funding and establish a state run family planning program. Hawaii should commit to continuing to fund these critical services to make sure that no one loses access to care.

Reproductive Health Equity (SB 1043)

Everybody deserves affordable and equitable access to reproductive and sexual health care, regardless of gender, gender identity, citizenship status, or income. We’ll continue to push back against federal attempts to undermine the ACA by pursuing legislation that strengthens and expands our state law by requiring insurers to cover a wide range of sexual and reproductive health care services, including abortion, with no co-pays and on a non-discriminatory basis . Hawaii should continue to be a national leader and protect reproductive health equity for all people.

Remove Barriers to Abortion (SB 415)

Hawaii has long been a leader in expanding and protecting access to the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion. Our current provider restrictions reduce health care access without any benefit to the health or safety of people in Hawaii. Current law limits the provision of surgical abortions to physicians despite the fact that other providers, like advanced practice registered nurses, are capable of providing safe and effective abortion care when they have received proper training. The result is that, across the state, women are delayed or unable to access abortion care because Hawaii has few abortion providers. Women are forced to travel long distances to access care, which increases costs for travel, lodging, childcare, and other expenses. And if people are unable to travel to another island due to these costs or other barriers, they may not be able to access abortion at all. This shortage also limits Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide scheduling flexibility to our patients, making our services less accessible for some. It also burdens the abortion providers themselves, who often spend large amounts of time traveling between islands. We urge legislators to remove unnecessary barriers to abortion and make sure that all people in Hawaii, no matter where in the state they live, can access safe, legal abortion care.