Reproductive And Sexual Health Policies

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Introduction Reproductive health policies have always been controversial in the United States. There are diverging views of what should be considered policy and what should not be considered. There are differing views on how far reproductive and sexual health policies should go to protect the rights of all citizens in reproductive and family planning matters. Despite the differing opinions and uncertainty in how to proceed with reproductive health policies, there is one thing that is certain. Sexual and reproductive health outcomes in the US are worse than most other high-income countries even though we spend more on health care per capita.
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Various social and cultural barriers have created disparities among various groups of women that have led to poorer reproductive and sexual health outcomes for some women more than others. Something has to be done to reverse these trends in poor health outcomes so that everyone can live a happier and healthier life.
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The Supreme Court case Hobby Lobby v. Burwell is an important event for reproductive and sexual health policy because it gives some religious institutions, organizations and businesses the option to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Small religious groups that oppose the mandate cite “religious freedom” as a constitutional right that should substantiate their exemption. However, this ruling has adverse effects on the reproductive and sexual health rights of women who are employed by these companies. Patton, Hall, and Dalton 's (2015) study focuses on the perspectives of women in regards to reproductive and sexual health policy. The study uses descriptive statistics, bivariate chi-square tests, and multivariate logistic regression to determine if there is an association between religious affiliation and women’s attitudes towards reproductive and sexual health policies.
The randomly selected sample of women with various religious backgrounds are given surveys to assess their experiences with women’s health care

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