These 13 male senators wrote a health care bill without the help of any women, and it’s really bad for women’s health. “Nobody is being excluded based upon gender .” “You know you need to write about what’s actually happening, and we’re having a discussion about the real issues.” The bill cuts funding for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income people, which pays for half of all U.S. births, and two-thirds of all unplanned births- including prenatal care. This is important, because the number of women who die in childbirth is increasing in the U.S., even if that number drops in other developed countries. “The number of women in the U.S. who died in childbirth is nearing the highest rate in a quarter century.” “60 percent of the deaths in the U.S. at least, are preventable.” “African American women are four times as likely to die of pregnancy-related complications.” The bill also cuts funding for planned parenthood by preventing clinics from getting reimbursed for treating Medicaid patients. Millions of women depend on planned parenthood for contraception, cancer screenings, and pregnancy and std tests. The congressional budget office estimates that defunding planned parenthood would result in several thousand more unplanned pregnancies each year. This would reverse the current trend. Unplanned births and pregnancies have been falling steadily in the U.S. The bill also targets maternity care, for women who get their insurance through a plan from one of the state insurance marketplaces. Under Obamacare, plans on these state marketplaces had to cover basic health benefits like mental health treatment, prescription drugs, and maternity care. In this bill, states no longer have to force insurance companies to cover this stuff. Before Obamacare, 88% of marketplace insurance plans didn’t cover maternity care and if this bill passes, we might end up there again.