(PRESS RELEASE) President Donald Trump signed an executive order today that would grant wide exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s preventive services guarantee, allowing employers and insurers to deny women access to birth control. While the text of the order is not yet publicly available, it appears to allow discrimination in the provision of women’s health services like contraception, breast-feeding support, and well-woman care, men’s health services are not affected.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is currently considering all legal options to ensure women can get the basic health care they need.
Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“President Trump’s executive order discriminates against women and robs them of essential preventive care. Without health coverage of contraception under the ACA, countless women will lose their basic right to prevent pregnancy and plan when they have children.
“Plain and simple: President Trump’s executive order will hurt women. And the Center for Reproductive Rights is ready to fight back in court.”
Today’s order is just the latest in a long line of attacks on women’s health and rights from the Trump administration. Trump reinstated an expanded version of the Global Gag Rule as one of his first official acts as President and also recently signed a measure rescinding a rule protecting health care for patients who access family planning services like birth control and cancer screening through the federal Title X program. He also appointed two anti-choice activists to key positions in the Department of Health and Human Services within the past week.