No matter your political leanings, I think most of us can agree that health programs for poor women and children shouldn’t be on the chopping block. It makes no sense financially (let alone morally) to make America’s poorest and sickest even poorer and sicker, yet that is precisely what Congressional Republicans are planning to do. This from the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs:
“In the next few weeks, Congress will be considering additional cuts to critical discretionary health programs for women, children and families that could exceed $1 billion in 2012 alone. Elected officials need to hear a clear message that these cuts are unacceptable. That is why the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, the National WIC Association, and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association invite you to join us in an unprecedented National Mobilization for Women, Children and Families on October 26. Our goal is to flood Capitol Hill with a unified message opposing MCH and women’s health program cuts.”
What’s at stake?
a) Title V Maternal and Child Health Program funding:
Enacted in 1935 as a part of the Social Security Act, the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program is the Nation’s oldest Federal-State partnership. For over 75 years it has provided a foundation for ensuring the health of the Nation’s mothers, women, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families.
WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education, and help finding healthcare and other community services.
c) Title X Family Planning funding:
Over the past 40 years, Title X Family Planning clinics have played a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income or uninsured individuals and others.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Call your congressional delegation. Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121; the Congressional Directory is here. Send this simple message: you oppose any efforts to cut core programs for women, children and families, including Title V, WIC and Title X.
- Follow your call with an email or fax (see Congressional Directory above).
- Pass this post and the AMCHP web page on to as many people as you can.