America, we have a problem:You don’t need a medical degree to realize how badly the U.S. government is failing when it comes to women’s health.
Just this year we’ve suffered huge setbacks in access to key services and resources, from the Supreme Court’s disastrousHobby Lobbydecision toits elimination of “buffer zones" at abortion clinics.
But we’re overlooking a key part of the story: These trends disproportionately affect women of color. For every step backwards in the fight for health care access, a confluence of poverty, geography and racial discrimination ensures that black, Latina, Asian and Native American women fall even further behind their white peers.
It gets worse: The crisis is so bad that the United Nations has been put on notice.