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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Pro-Choice Caucus Members React to Interim Final Trump Administration Rule that Would Deny Birth Control Coverage for Millions of Women

October 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, and Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) today reacted to the Trump administration’s interim final rule that would allow any employer to be exempt from the requirement to provide health insurance that includes contraception. Currently, insurers are required to cover birth control at no cost under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If implemented, this rule could rip away contraception coverage from millions of women who have access to birth control without out-of-pocket costs under the ACA, forcing women to pay the full cost of their birth control or go without it. 

“Birth control is health care, plain and simple. Millions of women use it for health and treatment reasons other than birth control. It wasn’t until enactment of the Affordable Care Act that contraception was finally treated that way. Today, this law provides more than 62 million women access to birth control with no out-of-pocket costs almost two decades after Viagra was first covered by insurance. Women have been able to plan their families and teen pregnancy and abortion rates are at some of their lowest levels in history. It is unconscionable that the Trump administration is trying to turn back the clock and let virtually anyone from bosses to insurance executives decide who gets access to contraception coverage. Women wouldn’t just have to pay higher costs; they could be forced to pay the entire cost of their birth control. We cannot let President Trump roll back the progress we’ve made and take women’s personal health care decisions out of their hands,” said Slaughter.   

“This rule is another blatant attack in the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to undermine women’s health. In just eight months in office, the President has unleashed an unprecedented assault on reproductive rights that have harmed women and girls across America and around the world. Today’s announcement, and those that came before it, shows that the President simply doesn’t understand the challenges millions of women face in accessing quality care and the progress we have made through laws such as the Affordable Care Act to reach parity. We must counter this anti-choice agenda by making it clear that birth control is health care,” said DeGette.

“Every day, millions of women use birth control to plan for their families and to treat common conditions like acne or ovarian cysts. This is why the ACA requires health insurance plans to cover it without out-of-pocket costs. But Trump’s contraception rule threatens women’s health.  Unlike with any other medication, this rule will allow employers to veto a treatment option agreed upon by a woman and her doctor. Birth control is healthcare, and nobody – not our boss, not our president – should get to dictate our healthcare choices,” said Chu.