During the Bush administration, women’s rights were on the chopping block. Access to abortion was restricted, funding for birth control and other family planning services was eliminated, and fehttp://feministsforchoice.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=1940&message=1deral tax dollars where pumped into religiously-based abstinence-only programs. Thankfully, some of that is starting to change under the Obama administration. According to the Chicago Tribune:
A 2005 federal law, designed to save taxpayers money on Medicaid reimbursements for drugs, financially dissuaded pharmaceutical companies from selling their products to these pharmacies at slashed prices. College women were particularly affected. Many saw their favorite contraceptive brands’ cost rise from $5 to $10 a month to $30 to $50 a month. The new provision, allows drug companies to once again offer the discounts, at no cost to taxpayers.
“It’s a tremendous victory for women’s health,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards tells me. “It’s an indication we have a government now that’s really focused on prevention and expanding access to women’s health care.” During the Bush years, her nonprofit had organized a large petition drive among college students, as well as meetings with congressional leaders, in a futile attempt to change the policy. [Read more...]