CINCINNATI — — Alabama is home to some of the nation’s best cancer and reproductive health care systems, but the state has seen a steep decline in the number of women accessing health care services, according to a new report.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates Alabama ranks No. 3 in the nation when it comes to access to care for women with chronic conditions.
The report found that Alabama had 1,942 women per 100,000 of the state’s population, about 1.4 women for every 1,000 women.
In addition, the report found the state had 1.6 abortions per 1,0000 women.
In terms of abortion access, the state ranked fourth, behind Alaska (2.6), Mississippi (3.6) and South Dakota (3).
The report found Alabama also has among the lowest rates of cervical cancer and the lowest number of abortions in the country.
The study also found Alabama had the second-lowest rate of breast cancer, the lowest incidence of cervical cancers in the state and the third-lowst rate of colorectal cancer.
In the past decade, Alabama has been home to several notable initiatives that have improved the state of its reproductive health services.
In 2017, the legislature passed the Alabama Reproductive Services Expansion Act, which created the Alabama Department of Family and Children Services, which has expanded services for women, including prenatal care, early childhood development and women’s health.
In 2018, the Alabama Legislature passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, requiring women to get medical counseling and access preventive care for STIs.
In 2019, Alabama passed the Healthy Alabama Initiative to provide health care to women in need.
The legislature also passed the Reproductive Justice Act in 2021, which made Alabama a safe haven for LGBTQ women who want to end a long-term relationship.
In 2020, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced the formation of the Alabama Women’s Commission, which focuses on issues of sexual violence, domestic violence and sexual harassment in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
In 2021, Alabama Gov.
Kay Ivey signed a law that extended Medicaid to all low-income Alabama residents for up to three years.
The law also included a $5.5 million incentive for counties to provide women’s preventive health services and sexual health services through a health insurance program.
In 2019, the Legislature passed a law to expand Alabama’s Medicaid coverage to people living in poverty, the most ambitious Medicaid expansion in the U.S. The legislation also included funding to provide Medicaid coverage for all low income residents, regardless of their sex.
In 2022, the U of A launched a $10 million partnership with Planned Parenthood to offer reproductive health screenings to low- to middle-income women in the Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile area.
In total, the partnership provided free screenings to 2,500 low- and moderate-income patients.
In 2020, Alabama became the second state to add more than 50,000 contraceptive coverage centers to the state health insurance exchange.
In 2021, the new centers opened in Alabama and Georgia.
In 2018, Alabama Governor Kay Ives signed a bill expanding Medicaid coverage of birth control to low income women in Alabama.
The new law also created a $3 million incentive to provide birth control services for low- income women through a private insurance program that includes a $4.95 copay.
In 2017, Alabama made it a crime to “harass, harass, or intimidate” someone who is pregnant or a family member or caregiver of a pregnant woman.
In a 2016 state Supreme Court ruling, the Court ruled that Alabama’s laws prohibiting pregnancy discrimination were unconstitutional because they violated the First Amendment.
In the same 2016 ruling, however, the Supreme Court said that Alabama laws targeting abortion could not be deemed discrimination against pregnant women.