Trump Launches Attack on Reproductive Rights for 62 Million Working Women
Oct 10, 2017
the Monday Report
President Trump’s direct attack on the reproductive rights of some 62 million working women cannot be allowed to stand. The Trump Administration on Friday announced a new rule eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s (Obamacare) preventative care requirement that all employee insurance plans must cover or provide access to birth control without a co-pay.
Let’s be clear – this action radically rolls back a half century of progress in women’s health that the American people support. As Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has pointed out, 86% of all Americans – 91% of Democrats and 86% of Republicans – favor policies that make it easier for women to get a full range of birth control methods. Nine out of ten women use contraception at some point in their lives. And the results speak for themselves.
Thanks in large part to the birth control provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), our Nation has reached the lowest rate of unintended pregnancy in 30 years, and teen pregnancies are at an all time low. Infant mortality rates have fallen. And in the ACA’s first year alone, insurance coverage saved women an estimated $1.4 billion on birth control medications.
Moreover, the widespread availability of birth control has expanded educational and career opportunities for women. According to one highly credible study, the pill is responsible for one-third of women’s wage gains relative to men since the 1960’s. And Bloomberg Businessweek magazine has ranked the invention of the pill as one of the top ten most transformative developments in the business sector over the last 85 years. We need to keep building on progress for working women – not rolling it back as the Trump Administration is attempting to do.
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