Maloney Slams Trump Administration for Once Again Endangering Women’s Health
In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of a new rule allowing all employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraception, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Pro-Choice Caucus and House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, released the following statement:
“Birth control is healthcare. Women need it and are entitled to access it. With this rule, the Trump Administration has put the government and employers in charge of women’s health care decisions. As a result, tens of millions of women across the country and millions in New York could lose access to affordable birth control.
“The Affordable Care Act made preventive services, including contraceptives, available with no copay. Sixty-two million American women, including 3.5 million New Yorkers, are benefiting from these protections today. Yet due to this new rule, a woman’s access to one of the most fundamental health care services will now depend on her employer’s religion and personally held beliefs. That’s not freedom. That’s sexism. That’s placing the employer’s views above a choice that should be made between a woman and her doctor. Free access to birth control supports women’s health. That’s why I strongly oppose this rule and will do everything possible to see it overturned.”