Newsweek Op-Ed: Mobile Technology Can Help Fix Our Contraception Crisis
Women's access to contraception and family planning services continue to be challenging, and 225 million women worldwide still have unmet contraceptive need. Cycle Technologies Founder, Leslie Heyer, offers an insightful perspective in the following op-ed published recently in Newsweek, including how to help to help solve the "contraception crisis" here in the U.S. and globally with innovative, digital health solution. The following article, "Mobile Technology Can Help Fix Our Contraception Crisis" was originally published on April 9, 2017 in Newsweek. (http://www.newsweek.com/reproductive-healthcare-global-gag-rule-mobile-technology-fertility-apps-580988)
by Leslie Heyer
If ever there was a moment to challenge U.S. government overreach into women’s healthcare, this is it. Under President Donald Trump, the White House looks set to implement policies that will negatively impact women’s reproductive rights around the world.
The overreach began on January 23, when Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, often referred to as the “global gag rule.” Surrounded by men, he signed into action an order which denied federal funding to international nonprofits that offer abortions or information about them.
The global gag rule has been a political tug of war since 1972, with Republicans enforcing it and Democrats revoking it. Traditionally it has denied family planning funding to organizations involved with abortion. Under Trump’s expanded version, any form of healthcare funding can be withheld from organizations involved with abortion.