“I had always been an angry child and I always tried to find fault with the real world. I think becoming an activist was just a natural development from that.
I know that if equity is not an instinct yet among public health professionals, then a framework that ensures it must be.
When I look at black people’s present health outcomes I understand that they are based on structural inequities then and now, and directly linked to the ways that racism makes us sick.
So much of the research and the way trans health-care programs are designed is not trans-affirming or developed by trans folks.
Three years ago, I got an IUD after trying a couple different brands of the pill. In an era of regressive health-care policy, I’m afraid I may not be able to afford a replacement of my preferred contraceptive method.
Black moms are three times more likely than white moms to die from pregnancy-related causes and are also at greater risk of pregnancy-related injury and death. We know that we need greater access to care, not less.
We march because we believe that all moms and their families have the right to affordable health care. Because we believe that all moms deserve to survive pregnancy and childbirth, regardless of class or race.
The answer to that question is not just relevant for Black birthing parents, but for all U.S. parents who aren’t doing that well compared to the rest of industrialized nations.
When Trump and his administration are making plans to “have insurance for everybody,” he needs to mean us too.
Police violence and interaction could be seen as particularly extreme forms of maternal stress.