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Reproductive Health: Values, Information, Effective Communication
Transcript of Reproductive Health: Values, Information, Effective Communication
Need Protection Health Preserve Life
Promote Future Health
Protect Individual Decisions A Better Conversation Information Respect Empathy Medical Concerns Legal Concerns Financial Impact Hormonal Birth Control
Labor and Delivery Decisions
Doctor/Patient Relationships Status of miscarriage
Civil and criminal liability of doctors
Tax and census data
Legal access to emergency care Costs to Taxpayers: Litigation and Medical Services
Costs to Families: Less access to birth control means more unintended pregnancies and fewer financial resources for existing children
Values Birth control is an important part of creating responsible families. Due Process Rights will apply to all fertilized eggs if Initiative 26 passes. This means that the county coroner and sheriff will have a direct interest in investigating potential fault involved in any destruction of a fertilized egg or in a woman's labor and delivery. Potential Consequences A Healthy Family... Has a right to decide whether and when to have children, as well as how to handle pregnancy, labor and delivery, and any complications that may arise. True Stories At least 200 women in 30 states have been criminally prosecuted for behavior during pregnancy alleged to have caused miscarriage. One such case is in Mississippi already. If 26 passes, it opens the door to investigation and prosecution of anyone's miscarriage. 26 does not distinguish between spontaneous miscarriage and murder as causes of embryo destruction. It also does not change the current criminal statutes to take spontanous miscarriage into account. Data At least 15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage before the 20th week. Sources In Vitro Fertilization
Prosecuting Women Who Miscarry
Family Expenditures On Children
Cost of Family Planning v. Cost of Medicaid Services
Language of Personhood Amendment
http://www.sos.ms.gov/page.aspx?s=7&s1=1&s2=84 Values and Human Reproduction I Trust Mississippi Families It is not contradictory to oppose both abortion and Initiative 26. Effectively expressing personal values as they relate to opposing Mississippi Initiative 26. Discussing personal values as they relate to health care is challenging. It involves sensitive topics, and values are expressed narrowly, framed as if they oppose one another. Legitimate concerns about the negative effects Initiative 26 will have if it passes include several major areas. Because we are often trapped in a discussion that pits two sets of values against each other... We may fail to effectively communicate our values to others. Frustration builds... Those of us who support women's health care may have engaged in discussions on these issues before. Some of these discussions may have resulted in confrontational exchanges and/or accusations about our personal character, faith, and values. Defensiveness, anger and frustration can get ugly. When this happens, we shut down, stop listening, and refuse to engage with people who don't already agree with us. Mississippi Initiative 26 is an extreme measure. It ignores the full spectrum of values involved in women's reproductive health. We cannot afford to shut down or allow our frustration to contribute to breakdowns in communication What could an effective conversation about health, personal values and Initiative 26 look like? What would it consist of? Conversations about real people are more powerful than population data or hypotheticals. There is a connection between the value of women's health care, which we defend by opposing Initiative 26, and real-life accounts of what happens when the health care and law enforcement systems try to apply legal personhood to fetuses. Population data from reliable sources is readily available. All the information on this Prezi came from one of the following: We begin to view those who disagree with us as caricatures. When we talk about Health as a personal value, what values might we have in common with many people? Data alone can be cold. We can better convey our concerns if our conversations create a sense of empathy toward individuals. Describe how valuing women's health care supports healthy families Short, simple statements can convey the values of individual health care decision-making, the preservation of life, and promotion of future health. This Prezi was created based on statements made at public hearings conducted by the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office... ...written comments on the Secretary of State's Office Website... ...and media training with Mississippians For Healthy Families. This Prezi does not contain polled language. There are different types of information we can share. Data and statistics from reliable sources are scientific and descriptive. They provide a strong foundation for expressions of our values. Use available, reliable resources to gather information. This Prezi does not even begin to cover all the negative consequences of passing Initiative 26. Thanks for watching! IVF helps families have children who are biologically theirs. It involves the creation of embryos outside the human body and moving them to a woman's uterus or freezing and storing them. Less than 45% of IVF procedures result in pregnancy and live birth. If 26 passes, then doctors' responsibilities for the lives of embryos would be legally identical to their responsibilities for the lives of adult patients. Providing IVF to families who want children would expose doctors to increased civil and criminal liability, which would discourage providing this type of medical service. Play Clip One in 200 pregnancies results in still birth. A higher rate of unintended pregnancies is associated with a higher rate of abortion. In 2009, two-parent U.S. families with two children spent between $8,330 and $9,450 per child for the year. Mississippi spends more than $150 million per year on unintended pregnancies. Every $1 spent on preventing unintended pregnancies saves $3-4 in health care costs. Play Clip Both supporters and opponents of Initiative 26 have a range of different views on particular aspects of health care and religion. Discussing Initiative 26 does not mean transforming another person's entire worldview. It means accepting that they may have a totally different point of view from our own, and sharing information anyway. Try to combine information such as population data or a basic legal definition with true stories about individual women in order to more fully express your concerns about the anticipated negative impact of Initiative 26. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a woman is not considered pregnant until a fertilized egg implants into her uterus. If 26 passes, then using a form of birth control that may prevent implantation, such as IUD or progestin-only pills would be the legal equivalent of murder or manslaughter. Has access to birth control methods considered safe and effective by the national medical community. Uses the available family planning resources to have a number of children it can adequately provide for. I want my doctor to be able to prescribe whatever safe, effective type of birth control s/he and I decide is best for me and my body. The government should not interfere with family planning, whether that intrusion limits available birth control or makes labor and delivery decisions for women. Because 26 paints with too broad a brush, it creates opportunities for the state government to interfere with women's personal health care decisions. The way to reduce spending on health care for unwanted pregnancies is to make access to birth control easier. 26 takes us in the wrong direction for sound health care access in Mississippi.