It makes sense. On the heels of the announcement of a new committee (H/T Writes LIke She Talks and Punditmom) to oversee protection of women's rights, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have introduced the “Health Care for Women Resolution.” The resolution outlines a "new framework for women’s health" and ensure that women’s needs are a key part of the national health reform debate. At a newsconference today, where they announced the resolution, members of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health released a report that makes it clear why such a resolution is necessary.
The report, “Women’s Health and Health Care Reform: The Key Role of Comprehensive Reproductive Care,” explores the importance or reproductive health in women’s overall health and urges that the promotion of reproductive health be part of any national health plan. Thirty-eight of fifty deans of schools of public health have endorsed the recommendations in the report.
At a news conference announcing the resolutions, Rep. Schakowsky said:
"Any debate on national healthcare reform must address the healthcare needs of women who are often the primary caregivers and decision makers for their families," said Representative Schakowsky. "We know that women face exceptional challenges and have a very personal stake in fixing our broken health care system -- they know we need to act now. The current economic crisis is not an excuse for delay; it is a persuasive argument for an immediate response.
With new leadership on the Hill and in the White House, let's hope these are the first of many positive developments.