Monday, March 01, 2010

Rep. Slaughter Shares Feminist Perspective on Health Care Reform


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Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) made the best points of the entire day during Thursday's health care summit. This is a woman after my own heart!

Louise Slaughter: New Favorite Congresswoman

I believe that all Americans should be treated the same. Let me give you a little history on that. Eight states have declared that domestic violence is a pre-existing condition on the grounds, I assume, that if you're unlucky enough to get yourself beat up once, you might go around and do it again. 48% is the higher cost for women who, in many cases, have to go buy their own insurance. Believe you me, that is really discriminatory. In 1991, women were not included in any of the trials at the NIH because we had hormones. It wasn't until we had a critical mass of women here [Congress] that we said, "This will not do for more than half the population of the United States who pay taxes." That we made certain that diseases like osteoporosis, mainly a women's disease, cervical cancer, only a women's disease, uterine cancer and others were really looked at. Up to that point, 1991, all research at the Institutes of Health were done on white males. Now think about that for a minute if you will. We couldn't do that because we just said, "Now, kindly stop doing that." It took legislation.

See her remarks for yourself by visiting the link I shared above the quote.

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