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When, earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced its decision to scale back requirements that employer sponsored health plans include coverage for contraception, the message was clear: the Administration does not believe women have a right to make their own medical decisions, and medical evidence takes a back seat to political priorities.
Since the enactment of contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, more than 62 million American women have saved more than $1 billion each year. It has given women access to contraception regardless of their economic status as well as the power to determine when to start a family and how best to space pregnancies.
Contraception has been proven to improve women’s health and save women’s lives while reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions—a reality 188 of my colleagues and I stressed in a letter to President Trump calling for a reversal of his administration’s contraception rules.
Women have a fundamental right to make decisions about their health, free from outside pressure or interference. Unless Congressional Republicans stand up to the Administration, they will be complicit in rolling back decades of progress on women’s health.
Rep. Nita Lowey
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