The public health threat that reveals the attacks on women’s rights

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue writes for the New York Times: “Zika is a public health crisis that has unmasked a political crisis and put constant political attacks on women’s health care into focus. It has personalized what has so far been a theoretical issue to so many people who have never experienced getting bad news about a pregnancy. The searing question that dominates my thoughts as a mom — and the thoughts of so many other moms — is if the unthinkable happened, and I were to get that diagnosis, who would I want in the driver’s seat of controlling my options? The answer is abundantly clear: me and my husband, with my trusted doctor advising us based on diagnostic tests that only she has access to. Last on the list of people I want involved in my decision-making is a politician sitting in an office far away who has no knowledge of my personal situation.”