President Trump’s First 100 Days Has Placed Black Women’s Health At Risk

Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017
by Linda Goler Blount, MPH

 

President Trump’s First 100 Days Has Placed Black Women’s Health At Risk 

WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2017) President Donald Trump has reached his milestone first 100 days in office. Many are asking the question: What has Trump done in those 100 days? The short answer — placed women’s health and livelihoods at risk. Since his inauguration, President Trump, along with his administration and Congress, has advanced and instituted harmful policies that jeopardize women’s health and well-being, especially for Black women.

Despite his campaign promises to support women and his ‘What do you have to lose?’ remark to the Black community, President Trump threatens Black women’s health by issuing executive orders and advocating for legislation that rolls back many health gains for Black women and their families. In his first 100 days in office, he nominated a Supreme Court justice determined to limit women's access to the full rage of reproductive health care and has repeatedly tried to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. He also pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and eliminate some workplace fairness regulations. These policies hurt Black women by increasing avoidable mortality rates and thrusting more Black women into poverty. 

Black women have the highest unintended pregnancy rate, maternal death rate and incidence of chronic diseases like diabetes. Also, Black women make significantly less than their White counterparts, making it more difficult for many low-to-moderate-income Black women to afford quality health care to prevent, treat, or manage their health. When Black women cannot plan for their families, access health care and earn a fair wage, it not only places our entire community in jeopardy, but it also impacts the nation’s economy. We at the Black Women's Health Imperative will continue to stand on the front lines of the war on women’s health and advocate for sensible laws and regulations that protect Black women and girls’ health and well-being.

 

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About the Black Women’s Health Imperative
The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls — physically, emotionally and financially.  We identify the most pressing health issues and invest in the best of the best strategies, partners and organizations that share our goal: ensuring Black women live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives. 

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