Congressional candidate Amy McGrath’s video, “Told Me,” was a truly bright light in what has been a trying year in women’s health.
Despite urgent pleas by the major national medical organizations that care for women — including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — our Congress, led by Kentucky Sen. Mitchell McConnell, continues to taunt Americans with the threat of taking away meaningful access to the health care system.
In fact, before the Affordable Care Act, not a single individual market health insurance plan in Kentucky covered maternity care.
In my work as an obstetrician-gynecologist, I have seen improvements in maternity care due to the ACA. This is important in a nation where rates of maternal mortality are among the highest in the industrialized world. While I care for women in Michigan, I have spent nights awake worrying about women and children in Kentucky, too.
Women in Kentucky have among the highest rates of smoking, drug deaths and diabetes in the United States. Children in Kentucky face among the highest rates of teen births and preterm births in the country.
In short, Kentucky needs a strong voice for women and children. McGrath has the support of this obstetrician gynecologist.
Dr. Lindsay K. Admon
Ann Arbor, Mich.