An Open Letter to my Sisters, by Byllye Y. Avery, November 01, 2006
It has been quite some time since we flexed our collective muscle. While there are many of us who are working hard everyday to make health care more affordable, the delivery of quality health care services needs to be more accessible. To be involved on any level is to understand deeply how our health care system fails to meet the basic needs of the people or their caregivers. To work daily with these issues on the front lines, is to know change is critical. It’s a moral issue.
There is a growing grassroots movement for health care reform. We applaud these efforts because it’s a tough course. While some individual women’s groups are involved in the effort for universal health care, the women’s health movement as a whole is not at the forefront of the current health care reform movement. All of our voices and messages need to be heard in order for women to have access to the full range of reproductive health care services that they so desperately need. Without such access, reproductive rights are meaningless. (full text).